Rep. Juan Vargas (CA-51) issued the following statement Wednesday after learning that CVS Caremark will stop the sale of tobacco products:

Rep. Juan Vargas. Official photo.

“As a longtime advocate for public health, I was very pleased to learn that CVS Caremark has made the decision to stop selling tobacco products.  I applaud their efforts to focus on the overall health of individuals and help reduce tobacco-related deaths, cancer and heart disease.  CVS Caremark’s leadership on this health issue is commendable and a true example of how one organization can have an extremely positive impact on the well-being of our country.”

Vargas represents California’s 51st Congressional District which includes the southern portion of San Diego County, all of Imperial County and California’s entire US/Mexico border.  Vargas is currently serving his first term in Congress.  He represented the 40th California State Senate District from 2010-2012, the 79th California State Assembly District from 2000 – 2006 and served on the San Diego City Council from 1993 – 2000.

— Press release by Rep. Juan Vargas