Senate Majority Whip Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinDemocrats turn on Al Franken Minnesota's largest newspaper calls on Franken to resign Democratic senator predicts Franken will resign Thursday MORE (D-Ill.) on Wednesday said the decision of pharmacy chain CVS to stop selling tobacco products was "good business."

Wednesday marked the first day that CVS stopped selling tobacco products in its stores, following a February announcement. CVS will be discontinuing tobacco sales a month earlier than previously expected.

Durbin said he hoped other drugstores would follow the example of CVS, the second-largest pharmacy chain in the U.S with nearly 8,000 stores.

"I applaud #CVS for their leadership on this issue & I hope other retailers across the country will follow their example," Durbin tweeted.

Durbin said that CVS's move would assist in preventing children from taking up smoking.

"#CVS decision will have a positive impact on today's smokers & may also help prevent kids from ever starting a deadly habit," Durbin tweeted. "#CVS knows that looking out for the long-term well-being of their customers isn't just good for public health, it is also good business."

Earlier Wednesday, President Obama weighed in on the CVS decision, saying the company is "setting a powerful example that we hope others in the industry will follow.