Local senator applauds chain pharmacy's decision

By WEEK Producer

February 6, 2014 Updated Feb 6, 2014 at 10:32 PM CDT

CAPITOL HILL -- Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin is applauding the decision by CVS drug stores to stop selling tobacco products.

Parent company CVS Caremark announced Wednesday it would pull all tobacco off its shelves, because it goes against their promotion of healthy living.

Senator Durbin is hopeful other stores will follow CVS's lead.

"I can tell you with health care reform, more people buying prescriptions than ever. So I think with drug stores showing up on every corner in America are going to have plenty of business. And I think people are going to favor those drug stores that really do focus on health and show it with their merchandising of products that don't harm the customer, like tobacco," said Senator Dick Durbin, (D) IL.

CVS said it will have tobacco out of its store by October.

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