CVS Has Officially Stopped Selling Tobacco Products

In February, CVS pledged to stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products by October, and the retailer has reached its goal almost a month ahead of schedule. CVS is the second-largest drugstore chain in the U.S., with 7,700 stores across the country. It’s the first national pharmacy to pull tobacco products from shelves, even though the American Pharmacists Association urged drugstores to stop selling tobacco in 2010. The company, which has also changed its corporate name to CVS Health, hopes the move will have an impact on Americans’ health.

“Every day, all across the country, customers and patients place their trust in our 26,000 pharmacists and nurse practitioners to serve their health care needs,” Helena B. Foulkes, President of CVS/pharmacy said in a statement on the company’s website. “The removal of cigarette and other tobacco products from our stores is an important step in helping Americans to quit smoking and get healthy” …

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