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Tobacco pulled from CVS stores

MILWAUKEE -- CVS pulled its tobacco products from more than 7,000 locations, including stores in the Milwaukee area.

It's another move to becoming a smoke free society. The company said the sales of tobacco conflicted with their desire to keep people safe.

But how did we get to this point? Back in the 1940's and 1950's smoking was at its peak with the Marlboro Man as the poster child sending the message that smoking is masculine.

It wasn't until 1964 that the Surgeon General report came out linking smoking to cancer, by 1966 the first warnings came out on the package.

By the late 90's the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement with the Attorney General forced companies to change their marketing practices and the 'Truth' ads came out warning of the dangers of smoking.

Here in Milwaukee by 2010, smoking was banned in restaurants.



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