One of The Nation’s Largest Drug Store Chains To End Cigarette Sales

By The Prophet of Life
What if your dentist sold candy bars? Or your local Gym sold TV remote controls? Then why should your pharmacy sell cigarettes? In what may be considered as one of the boldest moves in the history of retail pharmacies, CVS, America’s second largest Pharmacy decided to stop selling and advertising all tobacco products.
“Put simply, the sale of tobacco products is inconsistent with our purpose.” Stated Larry J. Merlo, CVS President and Chief Executive Officer. You may consider that a simple statement that puts common sense back in the driver’s seat.
This move by CVS came as a result of pressure from health care providers and public health advocates who had been questioning the irony of a pharmacy selling products that are so detrimental to public health. The ban will go into effect October 1, 2014 and will affect all 7600 CVS stores. The company will lose about 2 billion dollars in annual revenue as a result of the decision.
Don’t cry for CVS however, the company has been trying to position themselves as America’s Pharmacy by providing urgent care clinics at a growing number of its locations. That is the key to CVS profits and the pathway to future growth. CVS plans on launching a national smoking cessation campaign later this year, and will, presumably stock plenty of smoking cessation products.
I applaud the CVS corporate decision to ban sales of all tobacco products from their stores. I invite Walgreen and other pharmacies to follow suit.
Copyright 2014, Love Force International Publishing Company. All Rights Reserved.

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