ISNA Applauds CVS Caremark’s Courageous Move to End the Sales of Tobacco Products

(Plainfield, IN 2/11/14) The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) welcomes CVS for its plans to stop selling tobacco products in their stores across the nation by October of 2014.

SEE: CVS Vows to Quit Selling Tobacco Products (NY Times)

“ISNA commends company leaders for their bold decision to prioritize the health and well-being of it’s customers and for helping create a tobacco-free environment for future generations,” says ISNA President Imam Mohamed Magid.

“Islam prohibits consuming things that are harmful to the body.  The Quran says, ‘ And do not cast yourselves into destruction’ (2:195).  The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) also emphasized, ‘There should be neither harming nor reciprocating harm’ (ibn Majah).

We hope that other drug store companies follow suit in emphasizing healthier living over profit.”

The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) is the largest and oldest Islamic umbrella organization in North America. Its mission is to foster the development of the Muslim community, interfaith relations, civic engagement, and better understanding of Islam.

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CONTACT: ISNA Communications Director Edgar Hopida, 619-913-0719, ehopida@isna.net