PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- When it comes to tobacco products, one of the nation's largest pharmacy chains is calling it quits.
CVS announced Wednesday that it will stop selling tobacco products. 7,600 stores nationwide will have tobacco products off their shelves by October first. The pharmacy giant will lose $2 billion in sales annually, but says the decision makes sense as CVS works to market its stores as wellness and healthcare centers. Ed Miller of the American Lung Association says the move will likely put pressure on other pharmacies to follow suit.
"I think they're going to have to follow the trend," Miller told NEWS CENTER. "Because I think CVS made a very smart move with linking this to the provision of healthcare services in their stores and how inconsistent that would be. The same way that you wouldn't expect to go into a community health center or a physicians office and find a cigarette vending machine there."
The American Lung Association Northeast has been specifically pushing this issue in Massachusetts, ever since the City of Boston passed a local ordinance that prohibits the sale of tobacco products in all pharmacies.