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CVS: Moving Towards a Smoke-Free Future

CVS-quits-for-goodIt seems that tobacco is less fashionable than ever these days, and major national pharmacy, CVS has made it clear they are pushing ahead towards a smoke-free future. Earlier this year, the pharmacy chain stated that as of this fall they would no longer be carrying tobacco products in any of their locations. Last week, ahead of schedule they announced that they had changed their name from CVS Caremark to CVS Health, and have officially finalized the plan to discontinue all sales of tobacco products.

The pharmacy, which has become more than just a pharmacy and convenient store over the past decade, has made many changes to provide a variety of different health services to their clients. Along with their CVS “Minute Clinics,” they offer services that range from blood-pressure checks to administering vaccinations and flu shots, along with all traditional pharmacy services. While pharmacies are known for carrying products of all varieties, from personal care, to over the counter drugs, having a mini grocery selection, toys and stationary supplies, CVS’ focus has now shifted towards wellness, and carrying tobacco products, which are blatantly known to cause a variety of deadly diseases, does not fit with their healthful persona. Understanding the importance of maintaining an image of health, tobacco simply does not belong.

Such a drastic change in a major corporation shows where the tobacco industry is headed and where people are headed as well. The general public is much more concerned with their health nowadays and many are choosing other options and alternatives to tobacco cigarettes. This is exactly why electronic cigarettes have been so successful.

E-cigarettes have been a major boon for cigarette smokers. They have enabled smokers to have an alternative that truly replaces all of the things they love about smoking, and do so without the negative attributes such as the smoke, tar, odor, and actual tobacco. They are nearly identical to traditional cigarettes, as the user puffs on them in the same manner, inhales a cloud of vapor that replicates the feeling of smoke hitting the back of the throat, fills the mouth with savory flavor, and leaves the familiar feelings of nicotine.

While CVS is not (yet) embracing retail sales of electronic cigarettes, many of their competition brands are already doing so. We applaud their efforts as a corporation in going completely smoke-free and know the new changes are an excellent move in the right direction.

CVS is Dropping the Habit

cvs_logo_largeRecent news to hit the tobacco cigarette industry was that CVS has decided to drop tobacco sales from all of their 7,600 locations throughout the country. Set to go into effect on October 1, the move marks the company’s decision to create a more healthful image. CVS Caremark is the nation’s largest pharmacy, based on their prescription revenue, and this move to end tobacco sales has been praised by both President Obama and a variety of different health organizations.

While CVS cultivates a healthier image, they are facing a loss of approximately $2 billion yearly. Some industry experts see that number as being on the lower end, and depending on market conditions they may face even greater losses as a result of the change.

CVS cites the Affordable Care Act as their main motive in changing, however they have long stood by prevention as the best health strategy. Despite the financial ramifications, CVS’s president and CEO, Larry J. Merlo, has stated that selling tobacco is not in line with their values. “Ending the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products at CVS/pharmacy is the right thing for us to do for our customers and our company to help people on their path to better health,” he said in a statement. “Put simply, the sale of tobacco products is inconsistent with our purpose.”

Interestingly, none of CVS’s competitors are considering the same cessation of tobacco sales. Considering that tobacco sales internationally topped the $554 billion mark in 2012, CVS tobacco sales account for a minute amount of that total.

Perhaps, however, it is time that CVS followed the lead of some of their competitors, such as Walgreens, which has sold electronic cigarettes for several years. While they are similar to traditional cigarettes, electronic cigarettes would have no problems fitting in with their more progressive image.

Even though this move is extremely bold, it certainly makes sense in terms of responsibility. It is obvious that the tobacco industry, as well as the electronic cigarette industry are in a point of major transition, and it will surely be interesting to see which retailers in the near future take the same stance as CVS. In the meantime, if you are interested in purchasing an e-cigarette starter kit, or want to learn more about them, feel free to browse our resources as well as products!