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American College of Chest Physicians Applauds CVS' Decision to Halt the Sale of Tobacco

NORTHBROOK, IL--(Marketwired - February 05, 2014) - American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST) President Michael H. Baumann, MD, MS, FCCP made the following statement today regarding CVS' decision to discontinue sales of tobacco products in its stores beginning October 1, 2014.

"This is a bold and brave step for CVS to take. Hopefully more retailers will follow suit soon. This is a great step to assist in reducing tobacco use and its well-documented, negative impact on health. The American College of Chest Physicians agrees with CVS that this is an appropriate decision. Tobacco products should have no place in an organization focused on health and wellness."

About the American College of Chest Physicians

The American College of Chest Physicians, publisher of the CHEST Journal, is the global leader in advancing best patient outcomes through innovative chest medicine education, clinical research, and team-based care. Its mission is to champion the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of chest diseases through education, communication, and research. It serves as an essential connection to clinical knowledge and resources for its 18,700 members from around the world who provide patient care in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine. For information about the American College of Chest Physicians, visit chestnet.org.

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