When CVS stopped selling cigarettes, some customers quit smoking

When CVS stopped selling cigarettes, some customers quit smoking

The retail pharmacy company CVS Health helped its customers quit smoking by pulling cigarettes off the shelves two years ago, a new study suggests. Smokers who purchased cigarettes exclusively at CVS stores were 38 percent less likely to buy tobacco after the national chain stopped selling cigarettes, the study shows. In addition, cigarette sales dropped 1 percent – or by 95 million packs – in 13 states in the eight months after CVS left the tobacco market in September 2014, according to the report in the American Journal of Public Health.

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