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Nurse Practitioners Praise CVS for Ending Tobacco Sales

AUSTIN, TX (February 5, 2014) The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), the largest professional membership organization for nurse practitioners in the world, today issued the following statement praising CVS/Caremark for its decision to stop selling tobacco products, announced Wednesday, February 5, 2014.

Kenneth Miller, PhD, RN, CFNP, FAAN, Co-President of AANP said:

"AANP commends the bold actions taken by CVS to stop selling addictive products long-recognized as among the world's leading killers. It is our hope that this move will spur other companies to follow suit, further reinforcing the dangers of tobacco.

"As the primary care providers of choice in communities all throughout the country, nurse practitioners see first-hand the devastating effects of tobacco on individuals and families. We struggle alongside our patients as they cope with the serious illnesses and chronic conditions brought on by smoking, smokeless tobacco, etc. Actions by corporate America to help curb these habits will only improve the health of our patients and the country as a whole.

"It is also noteworthy that CVS employs thousands of nurse practitioners to help provide its customers with highly accessible health services. These professionals can take great pride in their company as a firm committed to good corporate citizenship and public health."

Nurse practitioners are highly educated health care professionals who provide vital services to patients nationwide. They write prescriptions, evaluate patients, make diagnoses, order and interpret diagnostic tests and manage acute and chronic health conditions. Decades of independent research has overwhelmingly shown nurse practitioner care is safe, cost-effective and equivalent in quality to the care provided by physicians.




The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) is the largest professional membership organization for nurse practitioners (NPs) of all specialties. It represents the interests of the nation's 189,000 NPs, providing a unified networking platform, and advocating for their role as providers of high-quality, cost-effective, comprehensive, patient-centered and personalized health care. The organization provides legislative leadership at the local, state and national levels, advancing health policy; promoting excellence in practice, education and research; and establishing standards that best serve NP patients and other health care consumers. 

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