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Durbin urges more stores to stop selling tobacco

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014 7:22 p.m. CDT

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is among eight senators urging more drugstore chains to follow the example of CVS Caremark by ending the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products.

CVS Caremark Corp. said last week it will phase out tobacco in its 7,600 stores nationwide as it shifts toward being more of a health care provider.

The Illinois Democrat and other senators sent letters Monday to chief executives of Walgreen, Rite Aid and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores. The senators urged them to stop selling tobacco products and promote stop-smoking efforts.

The senators, all Democrats, are Tom Harkin of Iowa, Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia, Jack Reed of Rhode Island, Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, Barbara Boxer of California, Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut.

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