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CVS to end sales of tobacco products

Amarillo, TX -  CVS made a statement Wednesday, which many are calling bold....they will stop selling tobacco in their stores later this year.

It started this morning...an announcement by CVS that beginning next October they will no longer be selling tobacco products in their stores.

In a statement CVS President and CEO Larry J. Merlo said,"Ending the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products at CVS/pharmacy is the right thing for us to do for customers and our company to help people on their path to better health...put simply, the sale of tobacco products is inconsistent with our purpose."

A local Cardiologist tells us he was surprised by this announcement.

"I think it's a really good move on their part, I think it's a bold statement, but with them wanting to become a leader in healthcare and providing healthy choices, very interesting move, bold and I support it," Dr. Lane Cox who is a Cardiologist at the Cardiology Center of Amarillo said.

Anti-smoking organizations also told us they were  impressed.

"The American Heart Association is extremely thrilled about this, they've been advocating for stopping the sell of tobacco products in pharmacies since at least 2010," said Leslie Freeman who is a Corporate Market Director for the American Heart Association.

"It's the 50th anniversary of the Surgeon General's Report saying that tobacco leads to lung cancer and so we know that the evidence is there, it's anything that's going to help reduce lung cancer deaths is a good thing," said Jason McCoy who is a Senior Representative for Community Engagement for the American Cancer Society.

Both organizations believe the biggest impact will be the affect it has locally on our youth.

"We have a pretty strong impact in the Amarillo community with our Tobacco Free Amarillo partnership and we've actually seen a decline in the use of tobacco with the youth in our community, so hopefully we'll just add to that trend," McCoy explained.

"If it can reduce just the exposure for children, if they aren't seeing it at the pharmacy every time they go with their Mom, that's a good thing, the less exposure the better," stated Freeman.

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