The second largest pharmacy in the nation, C.V.S. made a surprise announcement Wednesday, saying it plans to stop selling tobacco products beginning October 1. It's a decision that will cost the company two-billion dollars in annual sales.
"They're doing the right thing for the long run," Will Humble, Director of Arizona Department of Health Services says C.V.S. has been focusing more on healthcare and urgent care clinics inside it's 7,600. "How can you really sell yourself as a wellness center if you're selling the very thing that is causing the biggest preventable cause of death and disability in the country."
"Overall I think it's good because it is like a pharmacy. I mean they do sell alcohol in there too, so I don't know if they are going to stop doing that as well," said customer Craig Norton.
C.V.S. answered that question on Twitter, saying, "unlike alcohol... Which is ok in moderation, no amount of tobacco use is safe."
Humble thinks the decision by C.V.S. will put pressure on the competition. "I don't think it will be very long before we see some of the other big pharmacies make that same step."