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CVS pharmacies will stop selling tobacco products

FINGER LAKES—As of Oct. 1, 2014, all CVS pharmacies across the nation will cease selling tobacco products to its customers. The decision was announced Wednesday, Feb. 5, and will affect more than 7,600 locations across the  country, including the pharmacy located at 506 South Franklin St. in Watkins Glen and Lake Street Plaza in Penn Yan. This makes CVS one of the first major pharmacy chains to come to this decision against promoting tobacco use in their stores.
“Ending the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products at CVS/pharmacy is the right thing for us to do for our customers and our company to help people on their path to better health,” said Larry J. Merlo, President and CEO of CVS Caremark. “Put simply, the sale of tobacco products is inconsistent with our purpose.”
American Lung Association of the northeast President and CEO Jeff Seyler applauded the decision by CVS, saying companies like CVS are “choosing public health over profit.”
“We strongly agree that stopping the sale of tobacco products at a business that is meant to promote wellness is keeping with their central mission and is the right move for healthier lungs and healthier families across our country,” Seyler said. “We are especially gratified to see Rhode Island-based CVS Caremark become the first national pharmacy chain to make the decision to promote tools to help smokers quit instead of selling tobacco. We call on all drugstores and pharmacy chains to follow suit and promptly stop selling tobacco products.”