CVS Caremark plans to stop selling tobacco products


    WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — CVS stores nationwide are snuffing out tobacco products.

    The pharmacy’s leaders say they are taking the deadly products out of their stores by October for the health of their customers.

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    “They are trying to promote healthy, so I think they should put a stop to it,” non-smoker Jamie Vertermo said.

    And that’s exactly why the company says it decided to quit.

    “I think we can all agree that it’s not healthy,” customer Matthew Schrum said.

    CVS says the decision to pull tobacco off the shelves will cost it $2 billion a year, but for a company that makes more than $100 billion a year, that might just be a drop in the bucket.

    Money or no money, not all smokers agree and think the choice should be theirs.

    “I think it should be a choice of the person whether they want to smoke or not,” Avery Jelks said.

    But some think this decision will actually help them kick their habit.

    “I think if they actually stop selling cigarettes, I would quit smoking cigarettes,” Jacob Price said. “I think that would be great.”

    And for those who do not plan to stop, well, they’re not worried about being able to get their hands on a pack.

    “I’ll just find them somewhere else,” Harold Simmons said.

    Stone Towers said, “It’s easy to go there, but I’ll just go to the gas station.”

    “You can always find a place to buy cigarettes,” Joel Brown said.

    CVS says it also plans to start a smoking cessation program this spring. The company says seven out of 10 smokers say they want to quit and about half attempt to stop.

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