Soon you can say goodbye to tobacco products at CVS pharmacies across the country. Company officials announced they are phasing out tobacco by Oct. 1 – a move that will cost them $2 billion a year.
It's an effort to help curb tobacco-related illness, and the 480,000 deaths caused by smoking each year in the U.S.
A local pharmacy owner in Montgomery made this same decision almost two decades ago.
Mike Vinson is the co-owner of Adams Drugs locations throughout the River Region. He says his stores stopped selling cigarettes on Nov. 1, 1994. Vincent said the decision came with a high price tag for his business.
"It was about a $700,000 a year business that we just gave up," Vinson said.
He said the decision to remove the products was a personal one after the grim side effects of smoking hit too close to home. His mother who smoked had a heart attack in the 90s.
Vinson said he hopes the other large chain pharmacies will follow CVS's lead.
Health officials say about 18 percent of Americans still smoke, and it costs the nation about $289 billion annually in medical costs and lost productivity.
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