CVS Caremark plans to snuff out tobacco sales at stores nationally due to health care focus

  • Article by: MICHAEL FELBERBAUM , Associated Press
  • Updated: February 5, 2014 - 10:42 PM

CVS Caremark's decision to pull cigarettes and other tobacco products from its stores could ripple beyond the nation's second-largest drugstore chain.

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circleoflifeFeb. 5, 14 7:29 AM

I totally get it. However, will you still be selling pop, candy, etc that contribute to obesity which causes even more chronic ailments than tobacco? I mean you ARE claiming to be providing health care and want to focus on the well being of your clients, right? (P.S. you are not a clinic)

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mensanFeb. 5, 14 7:52 AM

I like this development . . . . . And I second the suggestion to remove unhealthy foods as well.

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optionFeb. 5, 14 8:02 AM

This is great news. I agree with circleoflife in part. SInce the CVS stores in the region where I live tend to be urban, they are located in areas where it is difficult to get fresh produce. It would be a big step forward if CVS could provide healthy food choices to customers who don't have easy access to nutritious choices and so they turn to sugar, salt, and fat-laden alternatives.

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bigsurFeb. 5, 14 8:03 AM

Consuming pop and candy in moderation will probably not kill you or make you obese. Tobacco is a known killer plus there is the danger to others with second-hand smoke. I applaud CVS.

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jackpinesavFeb. 5, 14 8:03 AM

Thank you! Front end of a trend. Cost of tobacco use in healthcare system is outrageous.

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comment229Feb. 5, 14 8:15 AM

I saw in the media that this would probably cost CVS $2 billion in sales..... I was shocked at first, but a message to CVS.... you just gained a new customer; me. I admire anyone who stands up to big tobacco. Hey Walmart family (and others); care to follow suit?

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circleoflifeFeb. 5, 14 8:24 AM

bigsur "Consuming pop and candy in moderation will probably not kill you or make you obese. Tobacco is a known killer plus there is the danger to others with second-hand smoke. I applaud CVS." Not everyone who smokes gets cancer or is killed because of it. The illnesses a smoker can get are also illnesses nonsmokers can get. Pop and candy are contributing factors to an unhealthy lifestyle which can lead to obesity, diabetes, high cholestoral, etc. If CVS is eliminating tobacco products because "they are unhealthy" they are being hypocrites if they stop there which means this is all about publicity, not health.

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dad2fourFeb. 5, 14 8:34 AM

This is how it should work, for all similar things i.e. smoking in restaurants/bars, size of beverage glasses etc. A business decides how it wants to operate it's business and is accountable to it's stakeholders and customers. No government involvement or laws forcing anything of the sort, just free markets. Let freedom ring!

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ishikawaFeb. 5, 14 8:39 AM

The best thing about this policy change at CVS is that no bureaucrat govt regulator or politician passed a law controlling people lives by making illegal to sell tobacco. This was done without govt intervention - and CVS will see a revenue dip. With respect to someone's concern about CVS jettisoning other "unhealthy" foods - one comment; its only unhealthy if you eat like pigs and get no exercise. That is your lifestyle decision not CVS. Take some personal responsibility.

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paulh272Feb. 5, 14 8:42 AM

Yep, tobacco is bad. Now get rid of anyhting sugaryor fatty. I sure hope they don't sell alcohol. I wonder if eventually a customer will have to have their BP taken before check out. Of wait, this is a store, not a clinic.

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