CVS Caremark Corp., which is shifting into a more substantial role a health care provider, said it will phase out tobacco products by Oct. 1 in its 7,600 stores.
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The main question on most people’s minds: will others follow the example of the nation’s second-largest drugstore chain?
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CVS and other drugstore chains have been adding in-store clinics and expanding their health care offerings. They’ve also been expanding the focus of some clinics to include helping people manage chronic illnesses like high blood pressure and diabetes.
The move to stop selling tobacco products drew praise from President Barack Obama, doctors and anti-smoking groups when it was announced on Wednesday, puts pressure on other retailers to stop selling tobacco as well. But first they have to overcome their addiction to a product that attracts customers.