US store CVS sets precedent by ending sale of tobacco products
The US shop CVS will stop selling tobacco products at its 7,600 stores by next autumn, the company said on Wednesday, making it the first national drugstore chain in the US to take cigarettes off the shelves.
Public health experts hailed the decision by the drugstore as a step that could see other retailers to follow suit.
Some US cities, including Boston and San Francisco, already ban the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies, and nonsmoking advocates hope other chains will follow CVS.
Only 18 percent of US adults smoke, down sharply from 43 percent in 1965. But the habit still kills 480,000 Americans each year, remaining the leading cause of preventable death in the country.