The pharmacy chain CVS has officially stopped selling tobacco products at its stores nationwide.
That includes cigarettes, cigars, and chewing tobacco.
The ban was supposed to go into effect next month, but the company decided to do it ahead of schedule.
The company's CEO says the contradiction between selling tobacco and delivering health care in a retail environment was getting too strong.
"We had to look in the mirror and ask ourselves the tough questions. And you know, we made the decision that, you know, it was the right thing for the long term growth, you know, of our business. And we are proud to say that we are the first national pharmacy chain to make that decision in the best interest of our patients and our customers. And you know, somebody always has to be first and we are proud to say that it was our company," said CEO Larry Merlo.
The move to ban cigarettes was applauded by both President Obama and the American Cancer Society.
The corporation is also changing its name from CVS Caremark to CVS Health.