Longs Drugs stops selling tobacco productsUPDATED 7:49 AM HST Sep 03, 2014Video Transcript
kickin' a bad habit -- and will no longer sell tobacco products starting today. KITV 4's Ashley Moser is live with more on the big change. Ashley? Lara -- This change comes earlier than anticipated. Back in February the company announced that all of its stores would stop sales on October 1st. The decision to no longer sell tobacco products will cost the company about 2 BILLION dollars in revenue. The chain has 7700 retail locations and is the second largest drug store chain behind Walgreens. The American Pharmacists Association called on drugstores to stop selling tobacco back in March of 2010, which several small independent chains have already done. CVS is the first large chain to stop tobacco sales. As "Longs" continues to grow its image as being a health care provider -- it says selling tobacco is quote --"inconsistent with its purpose". According to their website the company has changed their name from CVS Caremark to CVS Health. They say it's to help people on their path to help. Reporting live -- Ashley Moser -- KITV 4 News. Back to you!