- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 20, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The president of CVS Health who ended tobacco sales at the drugstore chain has been invited to sit with the first lady when President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address.

CVS Health drew national attention last year when it pulled cigarettes, cigars and other tobacco products from its store shelves. Obama, doctors and anti-smoking groups praised the move, which put pressure on other retailers to stop selling tobacco too.

CVS Health top executive Larry Merlo is among the 22 people the White House invited to attend the Tuesday night speech and sit with Michelle Obama.

Merlo told WPRO-AM that the invitation is quite exciting because the recognition reflects the work of more than 200,000 people across the country.



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