Drugstore Chain CVS to Quit Selling All Tobacco ProductsSubmitted by Diamond Dog on Wed, 02/05/2014 - 10:18
USA Today: WASHINGTON — Drug store giant CVS Caremark announced Wednesday it will no longer sell tobacco products at its 7,600 pharmacies by Oct. 1.
CVS sells $1.5 billion in tobacco a year, but CVS officials said selling cigarettes while promoting wellness doesn't make sense.
"Selling tobacco is very inconsistent with being in that business," said Helena Foulkes, CVS's president. "We really thought about this decision as it relates to the future as a health company — it's good for customers and our company, in the long run."
Foulkes told USA TODAY that CVS sees its future as an alternative to the doctor's office, with 26,000 pharmacists and nurse practitioners counseling customers about how to control their high cholesterol, diabetes and high blood pressure.
"Any form of tobacco use makes those chronic conditions more difficult to deal with," she said. "This is good for business and the right thing to do."
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