Back in 2008, San Francisco banned the sale of tobacco products in drug stores. The following year, Boston, Needham, and then Newton enacted similar bans. In the years since, 14 other Massachusetts towns followed suit with similar bans.
The Newton ban was initially proposed by aldermen Ted Hess-Mahan, Vicki Danberg, and John Freedman and then enacted by the full board in November 2009. Since then no cigarettes have been sold in any Newton CVS, or other drug stores.
In Wednesday’s announcement from CVS, there was no mention of these local bans. I imagine though that these community bans may have been what first drew CVS’s attention to the issue.