CVS is kicking the habit...in all of its' 7,600 stores nationwide.

Is this a sign of things to come?

The nation's second largest drug store chain, CVS, has announced that they will phase out the sale of all tobacco related products. Cigars, cigarettes and chewing tobacco should be off the shelves in all of its' 7,600 stores by October 1.

CVS has been adding clinics to their stores, and their pharmacists are able to give flu shots and other immunizations. The CVS pharmacies also help people manage diabetes, high blood pressure and other chronic illnesses.

In today's announcement, made on-line at cvscaremark.com, CVS CEO Larry Merlo said it's the right thing to do. "We've come to the conclusion that cigarettes have no place in a setting where health care is being delivered."

The company stands to lose two billion dollars in annual revenue, but hopes their decision to stop selling tobacco related products will allow for greater growth in the health care field.

More details on today's announcement in the video below.


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