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UCSF doc’s role in CVS decision to stop selling tobacco
San Francisco Business Times

CVS Caremark, one of the nation’s largest pharmacy chains, says it will stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products by Oct. 1 at all of its 7,600 stores nationwide, including 848 in California and roughly 150 in the Bay Area.

The voluntary move is the first by a major U.S. pharmacy, CVS said early Wednesday, and could cost it up to $2 billion in annual sales. Since California accounts for 11 percent of CVS pharmacies nationwide, forgone sales in the Golden State could easily surpass $200 million.

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