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CVS is choosing health over profits.

Despite making $1.5 billion per year via tobacco sales, the chain announced today that it will take these products off the shelves at all of its 7,600 locations around the country by October 1.

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"Selling tobacco is very inconsistent with being in that business," said CVS President Helena Foulkes,. "We really thought about this decision as it relates to the future as a health company - it's good for customers and our company, in the long run."

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A mandatory breastfeeding law is part of a new, comprehensive Child's Rights Law being debated in the United Arab Emirates, according to reports.

Lawmakers could pass a bill that would require new moms to breastfeed babies for two years, the amount recommended by the World Health Organization.

Gisele Bundchen, who controversially stated that there ought to be a law forcing all moms to breastfeed, might get her wish in the Middle East nation.

Is that really a good idea, though? Even if you're pro-breastfeeding?

Breastfeeding Rocks

Supporters point out the same health and developmental benefits that American breastfeeding advocates do. It's not about that as much as this fact:

Can you really legislate something so personal and complicated?

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After years of hiding her struggle, Elizabeth Vargas is opening up about her battle with addiction. 

"I am an alcoholic," the ABC News reporter revealed on Good Morning America on Friday. 

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Elizabeth Vargas sought treatment in a rehab facility last fall and is now in Alcoholics Anonymous.

The 20/20 anchor spoke candidly about her long road to accepting the problem, saying, "It took me a long time to admit that to myself. It took me a long time to admit it to my family, but I am."

And although she had worked on numerous TV specials about drinking, it still took Elizabeth time to recognize her own issues with alcohol. 

"I started thinking 'Well, you know, I'll only drink, you know, on weekends. I'll only drink, you know, two glasses of wine a night," she said.

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Plus-size model Elly Mayday is baring her body in the name of helping other women embrace theirs. 

After enduring chemotherapy for a rare type of ovarian cancer, the Canadian pin-up is showing off her scars, bald head, and non-airbrushed figure for a Forever Yours lingerie campaign. 

The beautiful 25-year-old is sure to be an inspiration for women everywhere, especially those battling cancer. 

Elly Mayday Post-Chemo Lingerie Ad

Elly was diagnosed with serous carcinoma in 2013 and is planning for the removal of one of her last tumors this week. 

Despite her battle with cancer, the self-dubbed "curvy Canadian" is continuing to model as she undergoes treatment. 

And it when comes to her lingerie campaign, she's keeping it real for a good cause. 

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Marlise Munoz was 14 weeks pregnant when she collapsed and was found unresponsive by her husband, Erick, who is now suing to take her off life support.

Marlise, 33, had gotten up to check on then 14-month-old son Mateo and never returned, leaving the Texas family heartbroken and facing impossible choices.

"We don't know how long she was on the ground," Marlise's mother, Lynne said. "One doctor said she was without pulse and without oxygen for over an hour."

Against her husband and parents' wishes - and wishes they say she made clear to them - Marlise was kept on life support at a Fort Worth hospital.

A law in Texas (and at least 30 other states) prevents the withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment from a pregnant patient is the legal basis for this situation.

On January 14, Erick Munoz filed suit against in Tarrant County District court, saying, "Marlise cannot possibly be a 'pregnant patient' ... Marlise is dead."

As debate among medical professionals and ethicists nationwide has continued on the rare case, the condition of the unborn child is also a factor.

Attorneys Jessica Hall Janicek and Heather King of KoonsFuller, P.C., law firm, who are representing Erick Munoz in the suit, updated the media on this:

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While Jenelle Evans' abortion made the majority of the headlines Monday night, her MTV co-star dropped an equally shocking (albeit very different) bombshell.

Teen Mom 2's Leah Messer Calvert ended the Season 5 premiere with the news that her 4-year-old girl Aliannah has a rare form of muscular dystrophy.

Fans know that Leah and her former husband Corey Simms have spent years seeking answers as to why Aliannah was so developmentally delayed.

Now she finally has them, but that doesn't make it any easier to take.

Ali's condition is degenerative, according to experts, and will likely worsen as the preschooler gets older, eventually confining the poor thing to a wheelchair.

Fortunately, Ali is happy and content at present, but still. Life has dealt Leah A LOT in recent years, and it's hard not to feel for her deeply after this.

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LaKeisha Shurn has passed the #Giveit100 Challenge. With flying colors.

The San Francisco resident recently documented her journey over three-plus months in which she worked out everyday, not just with the goal of losing weight, but also of feeling better about herself.

"I have low self-esteem, I am going through depression, and I want to change all of that," Shurn says at the outset of the following video. "Next hundred days I will be on the journey of losing weight and finding myself."

The footage is set to Rihanna and should serve to inspire anyone experiencing similar issues.

Watch now as Shurn drops multiple sizes and gains more and more confidence each step of the way:

Earlier this month, we posted another cool video of a man who recorded one second of one day for one full year.

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A hilarious parody of Cosmopolitan and other women's magazines, entitled "Average Women's Magazine Cover," is making the online rounds, and for good reason.

Created in 2010 by writer and illustrator Brendan McGinley, it resurfaced this week on Twitter, and if you've ever seen a real Cosmo cover, you'll appreciate it.

Right down to the font, the spoof nails the publication's layout and its obsession with splashing SEX on the cover as many times as humanly possible.

The only difference? The fine print on this one is much more honest:

Average Women's Magazine Cover

Features all-caps, bold headlines like "Overanalyzing" and "The Shame & Guilt Issue," McGinley takes a funny, not subtle swipe at actual publications.

NAKED. It may not apply at all, but they're required to use that word.

Turning to Cosmopolitan for advice on sex, relationships, body image and women's health (mental and physical)? A dubious proposition at best.

From its awesome Christina Hendricks subheading to teasers like "Lose 30 lbs Fast, Chop Off Your Leg!", it'll make you think twice about such magazines.

Check out some amusingly similar, legitimate covers below:

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Sarah Massey, a 33-year-old Chicago woman, is making headlines for possessing world's biggest butts (at seven FEET wide), and she is proud of it.

Massey reportedly receives disability checks due to limited mobility, once cracked a toilet seat due to her girth, and struggles to fit in doors or use seatbelts.

And yet, she says she's happy with who she is: "I used to be ashamed, but now I hold my head high ... I want to show the world I am proud to be me."

Somewhere, Maria Kang is prepping her next Facebook tirade.

While it's commendable when a person is comfortable with whatever size they are, Sarah Massey doesn't seem like she's in particularly good shape.

Not that that's her fault whatsoever, if you hear her tell it.

"At school I was teased and called Dump Truck Butt by other kids, but the condition is hereditary, there's nothing I can do about it," Massey says.

"I carry this weight with me all the time, everywhere I go."

"It’s definitely not fake. Big booties are just in my blood."

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Maria Kang, a.k.a. Hot Facebook Mom, is at it again. This time, she's releasing a 2014 calendar featuring "everyday" mothers and fitness fanatics just like her!

Kang made headlines with her viral "What's Your Excuse?" photo in October, then for criticizing what she believes is undue praise for "regular" women's bodies.

With her new calendar, she's back with reinforcements.

Maria Kang Calendar

Kang, who was briefly banned from Facebook this fall over her alleged fat (or fit) shaming, is doubling down on her oft-criticized "What's Your Excuse?" mantra.

Her new product is the "No Excuse Fit Mom Calendar."

It features 25 "real, everyday moms who transformed themselves through fitness," says Maria Kang, who graces the cover herself on the bottom left hand side.

Proceeds will go to the fitness-education nonprofit Fitness Without Borders and Maria's No Excuse Mom initiative, which offers 300 group-workout locations for U.S. moms.

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