Pharmacy chain will no longer sell tobacco products
(NBC News) CVS is giving up tobacco.
The company has set an October 1st deadline to stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products at its 7,600 pharmacies nationwide.
The move comes as the pharmacy giant positions itself as a major player in the health care industry.
CVS says tobacco should not be sold where pharmacists and nurse practitioners work every day to help patients get well.
"They are working with our patients and our customers who have chronic conditions like high blood pressure and high cholesterol and diabetes," says CVS president Helena Foulkes, "and we know that smoking is extremely antithetical to helping people with their health care needs."
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