As natural as it may seem to do the right thing for the right reason, CVS took a huge step to go above and beyond with their October 2014 decision to cease all sales of tobacco and nicotine related products nationally. Not only did CVS pull the aforementioned products from more than 8,000 stores, but the company publicly announced the distribution of $1 million in funding to support tobacco prevention and cessation programs. This recent decision promotes support of healthy communities.
At the award presentation on Friday, February 27th, 2015, CVS presented a $25,000 grant to Community Recovery Resources (CoRR) to implement tobacco cessation programs. The Coalition for a Drug Free Nevada County and Nevada County Public Health’s Tobacco Prevention division took this opportunity to honor the tremendous step toward health and wellness that CVS has taken. Honoring the CVS corporation really came down to acknowledging their decision to stop selling tobacco products. This recognition came in the form of an Integrity Award, appropriately dubbed “For doing the Right thing for the Right reasons by making a decision to discontinue sales of cigarettes and tobacco products helping people on their path to better health.”
Community Recovery Resources (CoRR) is committed to addressing tobacco cessation to further the continuum of wellness programs offered at the Grass Valley Campus. The $25,000 grant from CVS to roll out the smoking cessation program and integrate the model throughout all of CoRR’s programs will help provide critical staff training and effective transition into overall wellness through recovery.
Senior Vice President of corporate social responsibility and CVS Health’s philanthropy department Eileen Boone stated,
“Supporting organizations like CoRR is an extension of our broader commitment to increasing access to health care and helping people on their path to better health in the communities we serve”.
Although dates are still being determined subsequent to training of staff, CoRR will begin offering the America Lung Association Freedom from Smoking course in spring open to the community interested in quitting smoking and nicotine use.
On Thursday, March 19th, 2015, The Coalition for a Drug Free Nevada County, CoRR, and CVS will again partner to offer a Recovery & Wellness Series* Program focused on tobacco cessation. The program will include information on health impacts, trends, and resources available. Seating is limited so RSVP as early as possible to attend the workshop.