Wednesday, February 5, 2014

CVS Steps Boldly into the Future

by Pa Rock
Citizen Journalist

America's second largest pharmacy chain, CVS Caremark Corp, announced today that it will quit selling tobacco products in its 7,600 stores this year.  CVS shelves should be clear of the noxious weed by this October.   The company said that pulling this product will result in around $2 billion a year in lost sales - some of which may be made up through smoking cessation classes being offered in its pharmacies.

There has been a prolonged drop in tobacco use in the United States since the mid-1960's.   At that time, 43% of Americans smoked.  The usage is now down to just 18% of the population.  Cigarette sales in the United States fell 31.3% between 2003 and 2013.  Clearly CVS sees which way the winds of public tolerance are blowing and has elected to go with the flow rather than cling to the fading and unhealthy past.

Walgreen's - America's largest pharmacy chain - needs to follow suit, and both chains need to quit selling liquor.   Wal-Mart - America's third largest pharmacy chain - needs to quit selling tobacco, liquor, and guns and ammo.   Companies who are allegedly focused on promoting health should get these killers off of the shelves!

Good work, CVS - lead the way!


Xobekim said...

As more states legalize marijuana and retailers remove themselves from a declining tobacco market, the Madison Avenue maxim may finally come true. There will be more folks smoking less and enjoying it more.

Don said...

This is wonderful news. I had to stop smoking 5 times before it finally took.
Nicotine is one of the most addictive substances out there and it's been killing us for generations as it lops off years from our lives.
CVS is to be commended and other outlets should be encouraged to follow suit.