CVS Drugstore Chain to Stop Selling Tobacco Products

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CVS Caremark, the second largest drugstore chain in the United States, has announced that it will stop selling tobacco products in their stores. What do you think, Disinfonauts? The chain cheerfully sells suitcases of beer, cheap, fatty snacks and prescription narcotics – is this an empty gesture? Apparently the Smoker-In-Chief approves…

Via the BBC:

The announcement drew swift praise from President Barack Obama, who said the move would save lives.

The 7,600 CVS shops in the US will have tobacco products off the shelves by 1 October, CEO Larry Merlo said.

The move will cost the company about $2bn (£1.22bn) in annual revenue but is “the right thing to do”, he said.

“Tobacco products have no place in a setting where healthcare is delivered,” Mr Merlo said in a videotaped statement posted on the publicly traded company’s website.

“When we asked ourselves where we expect to be in the future as a healthcare company, it became clear that removing tobacco products from our stores is the right thing to do.”

Mr Merlo said CVS Caremark, which employs 26,000 pharmacists and nurse practitioners, would be the first national pharmacy chain to take this action.

He said the company’s employees worked every day to help patients manage chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes, which he said were aggravated by tobacco use.

And he said the company would launch a smoking cessation programme in the spring, aimed at those who want to quit tobacco.

CVS Caremark, which trades on the New York Stock Exchange, made $125bn in sales last year.

Read the rest of the story at BBC.





  • Mick-Doscious

    When you punch the clock at 125bn, 2bn is not even a drop in the hat. Now all they have to do is carry full organics, get rid of the rot-gut, and lower the prices on their sugar pills and they’ll be close enough to an actual drugstore.

  • Andrew

    They can use the space for marijuana products, which at least have medical uses.

    • American Cannibal

      And it will free more space for marital aides, right upfront behind the registers. Better for all involved to keep those long-term monogamists’ pipes clean so they don’t go batshit crazy on the rest of us.

      • Rhoid Rager

        by marital aides do you mean bottles of compromise and cartons of patience?

        • American Cannibal

          No. I’m talking vibrators to temporarily relieve the misery of a compromising position that tests one’s patience. It’s a stimulus package for the CVS bottom line and the bored bedrooms across America. Orgasmasmses are big business, invest now.

    • kowalityjesus

      You forget, cigarettes are good for schizos. I know, for I am a cigarette.

      • Andrew

        I knew that and completely overlooked it. You are correct, sir.

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  • BuzzCoastin

    CVS saw that cigs were unprofitable
    & that the space & labor would be more profitably allocated
    beer, cheap fatty snacks and prescription narcotics
    while getting props from the prez & pill takers

    • American Cannibal

      Pill poppers don’t give a shit. They get their fix in the back of the store. No need ever to meet the help up front.

      • BuzzCoastin

        good point
        butt eye was thinking of gramma & gramps

        • American Cannibal

          Hm. I was unaware the aged Baby Boomers were particularly anti-tobacco.

          • BuzzCoastin

            boomers tend to be more pc the older they get
            most are taking meds for this & that
            they may talk alternative
            but they are closer to their parents than they think

          • American Cannibal

            They be riding the clichés and roles all the way to the End, I see, completely the circle. Ain’t gonna save any more souls, tho. Gilded-reparations to oneself for a lifetime of guilt is a waste of the last moments. ho-hum.

  • mannyfurious

    So when are they going to stop selling skittles and honey buns and ruffles? That will save some lives, as well….

  • echar

    Maybe they have noticed a significant drop in sales of tobacco products. So they decided to make it look like it’s some righteous act, instead of an astute move for business?

  • Dingbert

    CVS mislabeled an RX for me once. It’d probably have killed me if I didn’t know better–just like cigarettes, but faster and without the smooth taste. Perhaps they should get rid of their pharmacy, too.

  • DoomedNY

    Sorry I don’t believe the stated reason. Isn’t it literally illegal for companies to not maximize shareholder value (or something along those lines)?

  • Apathesis

    Sounds more like they got tired of their employees lifting multiple cartons at a time.