A new study finds mixed health results from CVS pharmacies’ decision to stop selling tobacco products.
Harvard Professor Reginald Tucker-Seeley, Ph.D, says when it’s easier to get tobacco in your neighborhood, more people smoke. So when CVS pharmacies stopped selling cigarettes, Tucker-Seeley wondered whether that might be good for all Rhode Islanders. He found that in neighborhoods with high rates of poverty and a greater percentage of black and Latino residents, there just weren’t as many CVS pharmacies. But there were plenty of other tobacco retailers.