CVS, the parent company of Longs Drugs, will no longer sell tobacco products starting Wednesday.
This change comes earlier than expected. Back in February, the company announced all of its stores would stop sales on Oct. 1. The decision to no longer sell tobacco products will cost the company about $2 billion in revenue.
CVS has 7,700 retail locations and is the second largest drug store chain behind Walgreens.
The American Pharmacists Association called on drug stores to stop selling tobacco back in March 2010, which several small independent chains have already done.
CVS is the first large chain to stop tobacco sales. As Long Drugs continues to grow its image as being a health care provider, it says selling tobacco is "inconsistent with its purpose."
CVS has changed its name from CVS Caremark to CVS Health. The company says it will help people on their path to health.