We often overlook the important role that businesses and companies play in influencing change in our communities. The North Country Healthy Heart Network wishes to recognize two companies — Kinney Drugs and CVS — for taking the bold step to ban the sale of e-cigarettes and vaping products in their stores across the region, a step we hope will influence other businesses to do the same.
In late 2018, the U.S. Surgeon General issued an advisory on e-cigarette use among youth, labeling it an epidemic due to the skyrocketing use of these products and the harm caused by aerosol exposure, nicotine addiction, and exposure to heavy metals, organic compounds and ultrafine particles. The advisory also cited the role of flavors, specifically noting that Juul is a particular problem because of its design, high level of nicotine delivery, and popularity among youth.
As reported by regional news outlets earlier this month, Kinney Drugs will end the sale of these products on Aug. 1; similar measures have already been enacted at CVS pharmacies. Additionally, we’re glad to see that Kinney Drugs will continue selling proven smoking cessation products that aren’t marketed to our youth.
To Kinney and CVS, we say bravo for changing your practices; we hope it inspires others. To those affected by changes to the sale of tobacco products, we encourage you to contact the Heart Network to find services in our region to help you quit for good. Visit our website to learn more: www.heartnetwork.org.