Obama Praises CVS For Pulling Tobacco From Shelves

President Barack Obama is praising CVS Caremark for its decision to stop selling tobacco products at its drugstores.

Obama says CVS is setting a “powerful example,” and says the decision will help his administration’s efforts to reduce tobacco-related deaths and disease and bring down health care costs.

Obama is a former cigarette smoker. First lady Michelle Obama said in 2011 that her husband had finally kicked the habit. On Wednesday, she tweeted: “Now we can all breathe a little easier, and our families can live healthier.”

CVS Caremark, the nation’s second-largest drugstore chain, said Wednesday it will phase out cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco by Oct. 1, a move that will cost it about $2 billion in annual revenue.

Obama, in a statement, says CVS new policy “will have a profoundly positive impact on the health of our country.”

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