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February 6, 2014 at 6:08 AM

Poll: Do you think drugstores should follow CVS’ decision to stop selling cigarettes?

There are no CVS chains in Washington right now, but the national drugstore giant’s decision Wednesday to stop selling tobacco in its 7,400 stores by October 2014 is a game-changing move that should force competitors to consider doing the same.

Here’s CVS Chief Executive Officer Larry Merlo’s message explaining why the company is letting go of an estimated $2 billion in tobacco sales.

Keep in mind the company can take this bold step because it is expanding its role and generating revenue as a health care provider.

According to this Associated Press story, Target is the only other big-name pharmacy in the U.S. to resist selling tobacco products.Will other major competitors such as Wal-Mart, Walgreens and Rite Aid do the same? They should.

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