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CVS stops selling tobacco

Updated: Wednesday, September 3 2014, 06:37 PM EDT

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If you are a tobacco user, CVS may not be the place you want to go -- unless you're trying to quit.
On Wednesday, the entire pharmacy chain stopped selling tobacco products in all of its stores nationwide. In fact, the company will announce a corporate name change to CVS Health, though retail stores will still be called CVS Pharmacy.
Whether or not you are a tobacco user, some say this may not be a good move for the second-largest drugstore chain in the country, while others are hopping on board with support.
Mark Nichols is a smoker who said it doesn’t make any sense to him
“Any business to stop selling tobacco or alcohol is going to lose money, period,” Nichols said.
CVS says its tobacco sales total about $2 billion a year, but it's money CEO Larry Merlo says they're happy to lose.
"The fact that we're delivering healthcare in a retail environment and at the same time selling tobacco, that contradiction was growing for us," he said.
Some are on board with the idea, like Steubenville’s Ken Brettell.
“They’re bad for you, and if you don’t see that on commercials with the lady with the hole in her throat -- if that doesn’t tell you something -- I don’t know what to tell you,” Brettell said.
In a commercial released today, the company explained: “So we quit selling cigarettes in our stores and designed a comprehensive program to help smoker quit too.”
It’s part of the company’s push to deliver healthcare services. CVS is also opening minute clinics in more than 900 locations for walk in medical care. For more information, click here: http://www.cvshealth.com/research-insights/health-topics/were-tobacco-free


CVS stops selling tobacco


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