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Fox Family Edge: Tackling Tobacco Dangers

The F.D.A. commissioner says 90 percent of regular adult smokers had their first cigarette by the time they were 18.
The Food and Drug Administration is launching a $115 million campaign to help combat teen smoking. According to the F.D.A. the Real Cost campaign will educate teenagers about the health hazards of smoking through T.V., radio, print and online ads. The F.D.A.commissioner says 90 percent of regular adult smokers had their first cigarette by the time they were 18. The goal of the campaign is to reduce the number of teen smokers by 300,000 over the next three years.

The second largest pharmacy in the nation, C.V.S. made a surprise announcement Wednesday, saying it plans to stop selling tobacco products beginning October 1. It's a decision that will cost the company two-billion dollars in annual sales.

"They're doing the right thing for the long run," Will Humble, Director of Arizona Department of Health Services says C.V.S. has been focusing more on healthcare and urgent care clinics inside it's 7,600. "How can you really sell yourself as a wellness center if you're selling the very thing that is causing the biggest preventable cause of death and disability in the country."

"Overall I think it's good because it is like a pharmacy. I mean they do sell alcohol in there too, so I don't know if they are going to stop doing that as well," said customer Craig Norton.

C.V.S. answered that question on Twitter, saying, "unlike alcohol... Which is ok in moderation, no amount of tobacco use is safe."

Humble thinks the decision by C.V.S. will put pressure on the competition. "I don't think it will be very long before we see some of the other big pharmacies make that same step."


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