American Heart Association Praises CVS Foundation's New Partnership with the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

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American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following comments today on CVS Health Foundation's $5 million award to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. The funds will be used to launch the campaign's new "Making the Next Generation Tobacco-Free" grant program.

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Washington, D.C., February 5, 2015 — American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown, who serves on the board of directors for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, issued the following comments today on CVS Health Foundation’s $5 million award to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. The funds will be used to launch the campaign’s new “Making the Next Generation Tobacco-Free” grant program.

“Today, the tobacco-free movement has a lot to celebrate. On the one-year anniversary of CVS Health’s announcement that it would ban the sales of tobacco products, the company has once again demonstrated its commitment to ending this public health epidemic. Through its new support of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, CVS Health will improve health for generations to come.

Our children deserve a chance to grow up without being lured into tobacco use or forced to breathe in secondhand smoke. We applaud CVS Health for working toward a tobacco-free environment for kids — an environment that can save them from a future of life-threatening health problems caused by tobacco.

Keeping our children safe from deadly tobacco products is simply the right thing to do. We commend CVS Health and encourage other companies and organizations to join them in the ongoing effort to safeguard our children’s futures.”

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