CVS Health Corp. will leave the U.S. Chamber, citing the chamber’s global lobbying campaign against antismoking laws. CVS last year stopped selling tobacco products in its stores, said the lobbying activity ran counter to its mission to improve public health. The chamber defended its efforts, in a statement, saying it is safeguarding its members’ business interests: “To be clear, the chamber does not support smoking and wants people to quit. At the same time, we support protecting the intellectual property and trademarks of all legal products in all industries and oppose singling out certain industries for discriminatory treatment.”
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