In order to burnish its healthcare mission, the drugstore also announced it is changing its corporate name change to CVS Health. Retail stores will keep the CVS/Pharmacy brand.
“As one of the country’s largest retailers and pharmacies, the newly named CVS Health is setting a powerful example that we hope others in the industry will follow,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said in a statement Wednesday.
He said CVS’s action will not only help Americans across the country who are trying to quit smoking, it will “help ensure that when families go to their neighborhood pharmacy, they can get the information and support they need to live healthy lives, which can contribute to driving down health costs.”
CVS announced in February that it planned to stop tobacco-related sales by Oct. 1.
In 2010, the American Pharmacists Association called on all drugstores to stop selling tobacco. Though several small independent chains have done so already, CVS is the first large chain to follow suit.