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CVS Quits Tobacco

The first national pharmacy chain to stop selling tobacco said all 7,700 stores had halted sales by Wednesday — about a month earlier than planned — and announced a name change from CVS Caremark to CVS Health to reflect its commitment to health.

CVS announced its tobacco-free plan in February, saying the profits are not worth the larger cost in public health. Smoking is the No. 1 cause of death in the U.S., killing 443,000 Americans and costing the nation $193 billion in healthcare expenses and lost productivity each year.

CVS Health also announced Wednesday a new “comprehensive and uniquely personalized smoking cessation program” developed by national experts.

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Today is World Stroke Day! Join us to learn F.A.S.T.

Stand with us today in solidarity on World Stroke Day, October 29, 2013 and learn F.A.S.T. now!  

According to the American Heart Association, stroke is one of the leading causes of disability in the U.S. and is also the # 4 killer in the nation. Worldwide, one in six people will have a stroke in their lifetime and stroke claims a life every six seconds.  

With stroke, timing is everything. It is critical to get medical attention to someone having a stroke right away. Immediate treatment may minimize the long-term effects of a stroke and even prevent death. Knowing the stroke warning signs can help save a life, maybe even your own.

Help lower death and disability caused by strokes in our nation today! Download the F.A.S.T. app to spot the signs of a stroke F.A.S.T.

Let’s come together on World Stroke Day and beyond to raise awareness that stroke is largely preventable, treatable and beatable.    

 

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