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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – JUNE 15: A pedestrian walks by a CVS store on June 15, 2015 in San Francisco, California. CVS Health announced that it has agreed to acquire Target’s pharmacy and clinic businesses for an estimated $1.9 billion. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

CVS is upping its commitment to making schools tobacco-free.

CVS’s charitable foundation said it will issue grants to 126 colleges and universities to help them ban smoking on campus.

The foundation is donating a total of $1.2 million, or about $10,000 a school. The money will go toward things as simple as no smoking signs to programs that help students, staff and faculty quit smoking.

This is part of a five year, $50 million initiative of the CVS Health Foundation launched in 2016 to create a tobacco-free generation.

“We are at a critical moment in our nation’s efforts to end the epidemic of smoking and tobacco use, and expanding the number of tobacco-free college and university campuses is an important step in our efforts,” said Eileen Howard Boone, President of the CVS Health Foundation.

A year ago, 20 colleges got the first CVS health grants to help rid their campuses of tobacco.

It is estimated that more than 500 colleges and universities nationwide already have policies declaring their campuses tobacco free.

CVS first announced it would no longer sell tobacco products three years ago, and the company’s sales and profits took a big hit as a result.

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