CVS to cease sale of cigarettes, tobacco products

Online Staff Report

Tobacco users will soon no longer be able to purchase cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco at CVS drugstores, the chain announced Wednesday, Feb. 5.

CVS will stop selling tobacco products in all of its 7,600 stores by Oct. 1, CVS Caremark Larry Merlo told CBS.

Merlo said the decision to cease tobacco sales “will have a profoundly positive impact on the health of our country.” The company is the first national retail chain to stop selling tobacco products.

President Barack Obama (D), praised the announcement, calling it a move that will help his administration reduce health care costs and tobacco-related deaths.

“As one of the largest retailers and pharmacies in America, CVS Caremark sets a powerful example, and today’s decision will help advance my administration’s efforts to reduce tobacco-related deaths, cancer, and heart disease, as well as bring down health care costs – ultimately saving lives and protecting untold numbers of families from pain and heartbreak for years to come,” Obama told The Washington Post.

Obama quit smoking in 2011.

Posted Feb. 5, 2014

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