Phil Wahba and Julie Steenhuysen, ReutersFebruary 5, 2014 12:32
CVS Caremark Corp said on Wednesday that it would stop selling tobacco products at its 7,600 stores by October, becoming the first national drugstore chain in the United States to take cigarettes off the shelf.
Public health experts called the decision by the No. 2 US drugstore chain a precedent-setting step that could pressure other retailers to follow suit.
President Barack Obama, a former smoker, praised the move, saying CVS had set a powerful example.