CVS Pharmacy Stores to Stop Selling Tobacco Products

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(CNN) — Want to pick up a pack of cigarettes with your prescription refill? A major U.S. pharmacy chain is breaking that habit.

CVS Caremark announced Wednesday that it will stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products at its CVS/pharmacy stores by October 1 of this year.

The retailer said the move makes CVS/pharmacy the first chain of national pharmacies to take tobacco products off the shelves.

“Ending the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products at CVS/pharmacy is the right thing for us to do for our customers and our company to help people on their path to better health,” Larry J. Merlo, president and CEO of CVS Caremark, said in a statement. “Put simply, the sale of tobacco products is inconsistent with our purpose.”

CVS Caremark is the largest pharmacy in the United States based on total prescription revenue, according to the company. It operates more than 7,600 CVS/pharmacy stores nationwide, in addition to more than 800 MinuteClinics, which are medical clinics within the pharmacy locations.

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4 comments

  • notforsale

    Good for CVS. With all the proof of how bad tobacco is then just stop selling the stuff. Of course there’s lot’s of money to be made in the form of taxes that the government gets and that’s what they care about. So maybe this will help other stores to stop selling the deadly tobacco products.

  • puttheforkdown

    Tobacco is addicting (nicotine) it’s a DRUG. The junk food you described is more or less up to you. If you want to consume that stuff then so be it, but you can stay away from that if you want. Don’t make it our problem because you like Twinkies.

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