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CVS snuffs out tobacco sales

February 5, 2014

CVS Pharmacy, based in Woonsocket, is receiving widespread praise for its decision to cease the sale of tobacco products, effective October 1, 2014. (Photo by Ernest A. Brown)

WOONSOCKET – As a critical care pulmonologist at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island in Pawtucket, Dr. Eric Gartman has seen firsthand the damage caused by cigarette smoke.

On Wednesday, the day Woonsocket-based CVS Caremark announced it will ban all cigarette sales by October, Gartman was scheduled to meet with at least two patients with lung cancer, the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women, and one of the hardest cancers to treat.

Yesterday, Gartman joined the growing chorus of doctors and health care professionals praising CVS’ decision to stop selling cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco and other tobacco-related products at its more than 7,600 stores nationwide by Oct. 1, making it the first national pharmacy chain to go tobacco-free.

For full story, see Thursday's print edition of The Call.

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