It’s been a year since CVS Health announced it would remove cigarettes from its stores. The Woonsocket-based company is marking the day by making a donation to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.
The $5 million donation over five years will go toward programs that reduce tobacco use by kids and reduce their exposure to secondhand smoke. The first grants will be announced March 18th on “Kick Butts Day.”
A year ago, CVS grabbed headlines announcing it would pull cigarettes from the shelves of its more than 7,800 stores, the first national drugstore chain to do so. At the time the company said it was willing to take the $2 billion hit in order to boost its health care credentials by ditching tobacco.
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