CVS will stop selling tobacco products

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:

 CVS response




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?

6 thoughts on “CVS will stop selling tobacco products

  1. This is the right thing to do. Smoking had totally ruined my health. Daily coughs and chest pains were the order of the day. Since I stopped smoking, everything about my health has changed and I no longer visit my doctor as often as I did when I was a smoker. I hope they will soon start selling e-cigarettes.

  2. They should have definitely kept the electronic cigarettes since its the absolute best alternative to regular smokers. Being in the insurance industry we have some companies giving non smoker rates to e-cigarette smokers which goes to show you that is not the same health risk.

    • Thanks for your comment Mack! CVS has never sold e-cigs, so they may in the future. They’re waiting to hear what the FDA says. Let’s hope they do start selling them! SUCH a better alternative.

  3. That’s really a big bold move by CVS. It’s unbelievable that they will lose $2 billion per year by not selling tobacco products, and still they want to stop selling tobacco products. That’s amazing! Hope in future they would come up with selling electronic cigarettes, it doesn’t have tobacco.

  4. As u might imagine very little thought goes into pretty much anything in north Texas. Results aren’t even in and you’ve got cities lined up to ban e-cig. Perhaps if they had called them vaporizers no one would have given it a second thought. My doctor even encouraged I vape and quit smoking.
    Haven’t been to one restaurant or store in the DFW metroplex that has allowed it.

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