CVS has made the bold move to quit selling smokes. By October, their 7,600 stores will have phased out cigarettes, cigars, and chewing tobacco. CVS says that tobacco just doesn’t belong in a pharmacy. They will lose $2 billion per year, but they think they’re making the right move.
The drugstore chain is making a huge splash in announcing this news. Their campaign “CVS quits for good” has a large banner taking up nearly half the home page of their website. It links to a page that explains their stance here. CEO Larry Merlo says “Cigarettes and tobacco products have no place in a setting where health care is delivered. This is the right thing to do.”
CVS has changed their Twitter and Facebook avatars to a no smoking sign. They’re receiving tons of support on social media. Of course, there are a lot of smokers totally opposed to their decision. Some people have voiced their opinion that if they quit selling cigarettes, they may as well quit selling alcohol and candy because they can also lead to health problems. CVS’s response is perfect:
E-cig advocate and legislative consultant Gregory Conley discussed the issue with CBS Pittsburgh Radio this afternoon. He encourages CVS to begin selling electronic cigarettes. In his interview with the radio station, he said “It was nice to see a private corporation making the decision to not sell tobacco.”
Greg said “My hope is that you walk into a CVS in a year from now and see lozenges, and patches behind the counter, right next to them are e-cigs.”
What do you think about CVS’s decision? Will they start selling e-cigarettes?