CVS Health is quitting the US Chamber of Commerce because of the trade group’s purported efforts to lobby against anti-smoking laws in countries around the globe.
The drugstore and pharmacy benefits manager, which last year stopped selling cigarettes and other tobacco products at its stores in a quest to become more of a healthcare destination, said the chamber’s lobbying efforts were not compatible with CVS’s mission to promote and facilitate better health.
“We were surprised to read recent press reports concerning the US Chamber of Commerce’s position on tobacco products outside the United States,” David Palombi, a senior vice president at CVS, said in a statement on Tuesday to several media outlets. “CVS Health’s purpose is to help people on their path to better health, and we fundamentally believe tobacco use is in direct conflict with this purpose.”
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