By Karen Rowan, Health editor   |   February 05, 2014 08:01am ET

A cigarette is being ground out
Smoking causes 480,000 deaths in the U.S. yearly, according to the CDC.
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The drugstore chain CVS/Caremark will stop selling tobacco products, making it the first national chain to do so, the company announced today (Feb. 5).

The sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products is at odds with the company’s goal of promoting health, according to a statement from CVS. Tobacco sales are set to stop at all CVS stores by Oct. 1.

“Ending the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products at CVS/pharmacy is the right thing for us to do for our customers and our company to help people on their path to better health,” said Larry J. Merlo, President and CEO of CVS Caremark.

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