No other major retailers have joined CVS in pledging to pull tobacco from store shelves, thee Associated Press reports. CVS, the nation’s second largest drugstore chain, announced earlier this year it will stop selling tobacco products by October 1.
Major retailers want to see what happens after CVS stops selling tobacco before deciding how to proceed, the article notes. The company has more than 7,600 retail stores. Public health advocates have pressured retailers for years to stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products. CVS says its annual sales of tobacco products total about $2 billion, or about 1.6 percent of the company’s revenues in 2012.