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City health experts praise CVS for drop cigarettes from stores

CVS is stubbing out smokes from all of

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CVS is stubbing out smokes from all of its stores this fall, a move lauded by city health experts Wednesday.

The pharmacy chain announced that starting Oct. 1 it will cease selling tobacco products because it didn't want his stores promoting cigarettes along with other healthy goods.

"Put simply, the sale of tobacco products is inconsistent with our purpose," CVS President Larry J. Merlo...

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City to hear both sides in e-cigarette regulation bill Wednesday

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Electronic cigarettes have boomed in popularity over the last couple of years, according to the city's health department, but plans to regulate the plastic sticks in the same fashion as their paper counterparts has set up a serious debate about the untested product.

The City Council's health committee is set to hold a hearing Wednesday on legislation that would regulate e-cigs the same way...

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City launches restaurant calorie watch website

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(Credit: MenuStat, the latest health initiative from the city.)

Nutritional facts for top chain restaurants are available at a website launched by the city.

The health department unveiled MenuStat (menustat.org), a free website that tracks data from 66 restaurants and updates them on a frequent basis.

Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley said New Yorkers can benefit from the site and develop more healthy diets.

"MenuStat is different from...

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