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Centegra medical director applauds CVS decision to no longer sell tobacco products

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CVS Caremark officials recently announced the pharmacy would stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products at its CVS stores by Oct. 1, making it the first chain of national pharmacies to take tobacco products off the shelves.

Centegra Health System praises the move. Centegra and the McHenry County Department of Health partner to provide “Freedom from Smoking” classes that teach practical ways to end nicotine addiction. The classes offer group support and behavior modification and review the nicotine replacement products that currently remain on the market.

Dr. Terrence J. Bugno, medical director of radiation oncology services at Centegra Health System, said, “I strongly endorse the CVS pharmacy decision to not sell tobacco products. At Centegra, the health of our community is our focus and anything that reduces access to habits that can cause harm, is certainly welcomed.

“We in the medical field, who recognize that tobacco products have such a profound and pervasive adverse effect on one’s health, only wish that others would get on board. With strength in numbers, changes in behaviors and lifestyles are more likely. With behaviors and lifestyles changes come improvements in health and vitality. It’s always better to prevent cancer than to have to treat it.”

To learn more about Centegra’s Freedom from Smoking program, visit http://centegra.org/event/freedom-smoking-3/.