Local Doc calls CVS Tobacco Ban a Smart Move

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas - It's a move smokers may not like, but health care workers say it's a step in the right direction.

CVS stores pulled tobacco products from the shelves of its nearly 8,000 stores Nationwide this week. It's part of a new campaign store officials hope will promote healthy lifestyles and help prevent disease.

Dr. Kuy Houser with St. Joseph Family Medicine in College Station said even though people have plenty of other choices when it comes to cigarettes, CVS made the right decision.

"I think it makes a statement that they don't want to be associate with smoking," said Houser.

Houser said besides the usual health risks like lung disease and cancer, there are other, lesser known risks that come from prolonged use of tobacco.

"Osteoporosis is one that people don't think of a lot that it can contribute to," said Houser.

CVS officials said they're also changing the company name to CVS Health.

Stores around Bryan, College Station have pulled tobacco products from their shelves. In their place, anti-smoking signs and promotions.

Officials with St. Joseph Regional Health Center said most lung cancer cases are diagnosed at a later stage, but CT scans can detect them earlier. Because of that, St. Joseph will soon introduce a new low-cost lung screening program.

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