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CVS Caremark plans stop selling tobacco products

By The Associated Press

This article was published February 5, 2014 at 6:27 a.m.

CVS Caremark is kicking the habit of selling tobacco products at its more than 7,600 drugstores nationwide.

The nation's second-largest drugstore chain said Wednesday that it will phase out cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco by Oct. 1 as it continues to focus more on health care.

CVS Caremark Corp. and other major drugstore chains have been adding clinics to their stores for several years. Their pharmacists deliver flu shots and other immunizations, and their clinics also have been expanding the care they deliver.

Read tomorrow's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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djigoo says... February 5, 2014 at 11:17 a.m.

Good move.

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Pobucker says... February 5, 2014 at 11:59 a.m.

exlax

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SCOTTandALISA says... February 5, 2014 at 7:14 p.m.

What a courageous move! I hope that others soon follow suit for the well being of all. ~Alisa

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... February 5, 2014 at 7:26 p.m.

Phase out. So much for cold turkey.

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SurferDuuuude says... February 5, 2014 at 7:58 p.m.

So, tell me again why states are legalizing smoking dope when we all acknowledge the ills of tobacco smoke?

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Morgancub says... February 5, 2014 at 10:28 p.m.

Don't pat CVS on the back just yet.... They'll probably qualify for and apply for a govt subsidy !!!

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BillSmithFreeSpiritMan says... February 5, 2014 at 11:20 p.m.

Walmart will be the last. Packman .... I don't think many people smoke 20 to 60 joints a day, big difference.

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djigoo says... February 5, 2014 at 11:26 p.m.

At my worst, I was up to three packs a day. I haven't touched tobacco in any form since 11/2/91...so glad to have that monkey off my back.

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NoUserName says... February 6, 2014 at 5:39 a.m.

Considering obesity tops smoking in total health care expenditures, does CVS also plan to remove sugary drinks from its stores?

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JessePinkman says... February 6, 2014 at 8:41 a.m.

It's their choice; good for them. However NoUserName makes the best point. I wonder if they will stop selling all candy, ice cream, cookies, snacks, etc, etc, etc? Also the sodium content in most canned or frozen products is ridiculous, they should stop selling those too

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