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CVS Dumps Tobacco a Month Early

CVS Dumps Tobacco a Month Early
Posted September 3rd, 2014 @ 12:14pm by Rob Quinn, Newser Staff

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(NEWSER) – The nation's second-largest pharmacy chain has kicked its tobacco-selling habit a month ahead of schedule, removing cigarettes and other tobacco products at all 7,700 CVS stores.

The smokes were taken off the shelves at midnight and replaced with stop-smoking aids like nicotine gum, reports the AP, which notes that the chain has a new name to go with what it says is a new focus on customer health: CVS Health instead of CVS Caremark. The chain announced earlier this year that it would end tobacco sales by Oct. 1 and said the move would cost it around $2 billion in annual sales.

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