19 Mar STAND WITH CVS ON NATIONAL KICK BUTTS DAY

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When CVS Caremark announced that it will stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products earlier this year, it sent a powerful message about the dangers of tobacco use. It also set a terrific example for other major retailers who may have needed a push in the right direction.

Now a group of 28 U.S. attorney generals are urging Wal-Mart and other major retailers to remove tobacco from the shelves of their stores, which also provide health care services. The group, which includes New York Attorney General Eric Schneider and Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine, sent a letter this week to the chief executive officers of Wal-Mart, Kroger, and Safeway, along with drugstore chains Walgreen and Rite Aid, urging them to follow the example set by CVS.

“Pharmacies and drug stores, which increasingly market themselves as a source for community health care, send a mixed message by continuing to sell deadly tobacco products,” Schneider said in a statement on Monday.

This comes a month after CVS Caremark, which runs the No. 2 drugstore chain in the United States, became thefirst national chain in the country to remove cigarettes from its shelves. The company announced in February it would stop selling cigarettes, cigars, and other tobacco products at its 7,600 stores by October 1, 2014, a move that could cost CVS as much as $2 billion annually in revenue.

Today, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is encouraging people across the country to “Stand with CVS” on National Kick Butts Day.” A national day of activism that began in 1996, Kick Butts Day takes place on March 19 and is designed to empower America’s youth to stand out, speak up, and seize control against Big Tobacco. The event, which is sponsored by the United Health Foundation, is meant to encourage youth to reject the tobacco industry’s deceptive marketing, while urging elected officials to take action to protect kids from tobacco.

Anyone looking to show their support of CVS on Kick Butts Day is encouraged to download pre-made posters that show support for CVS. Take several pictures of yourself holding the “Stand with CVS” poster and with the CVS sign as your backdrop, and upload them to social media (Facebook, Twitter or Instagram) using the hashtags #StandWithCVS and #KickButtsDay.

Their suggested message is: “I #StandWithCVS on #KickButtsDay to #MakeTobaccoHistory @CVS_Extra,” or you can email your photo to info@kickbuttsday.org and it could be used in their online photo gallery.

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