HAZLET - Several members of Congress, including New Jersey Congressman Frank Pallone, are joining health advocates in urging drug stores to stop selling cigarettes.
CVS has announced that it will take tobacco products off its shelves by October 1. The chain says it believes it can make up the expected $2 billion loss by expanding its health care services.
So far CVS is the only drug store chain to do so, but Pallone believes others should follow the example.
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"This is a place of wellness," he says. "There is a pharmacy, there's a clinic. There are different things that are sold here to try to prevent people from getting sick. And the whole point is that tobacco use is inconsistent with that whole wellness concept."
A dozen members of Congress sent a letter to drug store chains asking them to pull cigarettes.