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CVS To Pull Tobacco Products Off Shelves

Midland, TX (Big 2 News) - Changes happening in CVS stores nationwide.
Midland, TX (Big 2 News) - Changes happening in CVS stores nationwide.

In a statement, President Barack Obama praises the decision.

"We've come to the conclusion that tobacco in a setting where healthcare is being administered, those two just don't go together," said Larry Merlo, president and chief executive officer for CVS Caremark.

Starting October 1st, tobacco products will be taken off store shelves.

Victore Dozal is a registered nurse and a former smoker; she's all for it.

"I think it's great that a company would take an independent stand and support non-smoking," Dozal said.

"If they're trying to do it for the right reasons, I think it's a real good move," said Shawn Curlee, a non-smoker.

But I heard a different story from others.

"I think it's a stupid idea. I shop CVS and it's convenient to stop in there and get and get cigarettes and whatever else I need," Michelle Strickland said.

Representatives from the drug store chain tell us they're the first national pharmacy chain to pull cigarettes and other tobacco products from its shelves.

"To take the cigarettes out is redundant. They still sell beer and alcohol," said Strickland.

But according to CVS officials, they want to help people make healthy choices, and tobacco isn't one of them.

"We're part of the healthcare team. It's really antithetical to have a product in our store, tobacco, which actually causes these kinds of disease," said Troy Brennan, executive vice president and chief medical officer for CVS Caremark.

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