CVS Stops Tobacco Sales

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Registered: 01-20-2004
CVS Stops Tobacco Sales
Wed, 09-03-2014 - 2:12pm

"For starters, the company said all tobacco sales are ending Wednesday, about a month earlier than the original Oct. 1 target, and it's launching a cessation program to help smokers quit. The company is also undergoing a corporate name change, from CVS Caremark to CVS Health, to underscore its focus on the massive sector of the economy."

Should all stores stop tobacco sales? Walgreens, for example, still sells tobacco, yet I immediately think of Walgreens as a 'pharmacy' than a store. If I'm sick or need some kind of OTC medicine/first aid product, I think to go to Walgreens. (Of course, I don't have a local CVS, the closest one to me is about 20 minutes away.)

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Thu, 09-04-2014 - 12:06am

Since CVS is trying to become a "Doc in the Box" kind of store with its Minute Clinics, nurse-practioners performing physicals, etc, it would be almost a conflict of interest to also sell a product that is known to cause a lot of health problems and even death. So I think its a good move and they will probably make up the income from the lost cigarette sales with income from the health care services. Our CVS also sells beer, wine, and liquor, and all kinds of junk food....but I guess those things are less directly linked with deadly disease than cigarettes.

I think that Walgreen's should follow suit, even if they don't have the in-store health services. It does send a message that health is the reason for their business.

We've had a CVS nearby for a long time, and a few years ago they built a Walgreen's across the street from CVS. In both stores, when you enter you'd think you're in a variety store because you have to pass through a lot of cosmetics, candy, and other non-health items before you get to the health care things like antacids and bandaids, and further still to get to the pharmacy.