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Drugstore Chain CVS Kicks Tobacco Habit A Month Early
National Public Radio

CVS Caremark has pulled cigarettes from its shelves a month ahead of schedule.

In February, CVS, one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains, said it would stop selling tobacco products by October, despite the profits they brought the company. Now cigarettes in the company’s stores are history.

Why are they gone? They were at odds with the company’s image and its broader business goals focused on health improvement. “By eliminating cigarettes and tobacco products from sale in our stores, we can make a difference in the health of all Americans,” CVS CEO Larry Merlo said in a statement Wednesday.