Sunday, February 9, 2014

CVS to Stop Selling Cigarettes

My opinion:  The bigger question, besides if this is a PR stunt, is will other similar stores start doing it too, and will other products also go?  I think that the other stores, like Walgreens, will wait to see what happens with CVS.  In a way, CVS is the guinea pig for the experiment.  Similarly, others questioned whether CVS should stop selling chips and soda, too.  However, there is no health warning from the surgeon general on these types of junk food - the stigma just isn't as bad.  Furthermore, it is ok to have some of it every once in a while - this won't drastically change one's health.  Ultimately, I don't think this will do much to stop people from smoking - the cravings are strong, and they will simply go somewhere else.  But can the fight against smoking be taken further?  What if cashiers are instructed not to sell more than a certain amount of cigarettes?  Would this work?  Feel free to comment.

 

CVS calls it quits on cigarettes: Regina Brett

By Regina Brett, The Plain Dealer  
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- CVS drugstores will no longer sell cancer sticks.
What a powerful move by the company to place people above profits. It makes me want to give them all my drugstore business. CVS Caremark will stop selling all tobacco products in October even though it stands to lose $2 billion in sales related to tobacco.
Is a drugstore a retail store or healthcare provider? CVS had to choose and made the right choice. CVS quit for good.
Larry J. Merlo, chief executive of CVS, said: "We came to the decision that cigarettes and providing health care just don't go together in the same setting."
Is a drugstore a retail store or healthcare provider? CVS had to choose and made the right choice. CVS quit for good.
Critics might call it a marketing ploy or a PR move that stands to give the drugstore chain enough publicity to draw more people into the stores to make up for the loss in cigarette sales. Even if that's true, so what? It's still the right decision.

From:  http://www.cleveland.com/brett/blog/index.ssf/2014/02/cvs_calls_it_quits_on_cigarett.html

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