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CVS replacing shelves of tobacco with nicotine gum

Company changes name, stops tobacco sales early

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WASHINGTON ó As CVS sharpens its focus on customer health, the nationís second-largest drugstore chain will tweak its corporate name and stop the sale of tobacco nearly a month sooner than planned.

CVS Caremark will now be known as CVS Health. The signs on its roughly 7,700 drugstores wonít change, so the tweak may not register with shoppers.

However, those customers will see a big change when they check out. The cigars and cigarettes that used to fill the shelves behind store cash registers have been replaced with nicotine gum and other products that help people kick the tobacco habit. CVS said earlier this year that it would stop selling tobacco products on Oct. 1.

CVS and other drugstores have delved deeper into customer health care in recent years.

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