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If you’re looking to light up, skip your local CVS. The pharmacy chain is the first to ban sales of cigarettes and tobacco products at its U.S. stores, a move that could cost the company up to $2 billion in annual revenue.
The decision came after years of pressure from groups such as the American Medical Association and the American Pharmacists Association, which noted pharmacy chains’ hypocrisy in dispensing prescriptions to improve health–including smoking-cessation products–alongside cigarettes, which have been linked to lung disease, diabetes, heart conditions and high blood pressure. For CVS, the issue became more glaring as it focused on health care through its Minute Clinics.