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CVS to stop selling tobacco products

When I've lived overseas*, everyone was always baffled by the idea that our pharmacies sold tobacco products. I lived in Spain and Argentina, and have traveled extensively throughout those regions, and they are both areas where smoking is not stigmatized in the same way it is here. And yet, almost everyone was shocked to hear that a pharmacy would sell cigarettes. So I guess it always kind of surprised me that in the US, where smoking is stigmatized that our pharmacies did. I wonder what prompted them? And if other pharmacies will follow suit? The main difference in those countries where that there were stores (on every street) that exclusively sold tobacco products.

*I tend to smoke when I'm living outside the US, and not when I live here (except during finals), so this isn't to imply any judgment to smokers at all. Just thought it was an interesting change.


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