CVS, one of America’s most popular drug stores, has quit selling tobacco one month prior to the anticipated October 1st date. This halt of tobacco sales will result in a $2 billion dollar loss for the company ($1.5 billion loss in direct tobacco sales and $500,000 in related products).
CVS executives though are passionate about their decision and believe that the halting of tobacco product sales in addition to their services offered to help others quit will help more people kick the smoking habit.
Multiple electric cigarette companies were hoping the halting of tobacco sales would actually help the industry gain access into CVS. There had been multiple conversations with CVS in hopes t this would occur. However, the company has decided to also not sell any green cigarettes either and treat them as a tobacco product.
CVS spokesperson, Mike DeAngelis, told ABC News that “CVS Stores have never sold e-cigarettes and has no plans to sell them in the future.”
Gregory Conley, President of the American Vaping Association, says he is disappointed to hear of this as well, especially since there had been multiple conversations with CVS about the possibility of electric cigarettes being on the store’s shelves. However, he says “Considering that CVS wants to rebrand itself it would completely make sense that they would want low risk alternatives to the product they just removed from the shelves.”
The President of CASAA (Consumer Advocates for Smoke Free Alternatives Association), Julie Woessner, says that she thinks it is a shame that CVS is not considering selling electric cigarettes as an alternative choice to traditional analog cigarettes. She believes smoking is the problem, not the alternative methods such as electric cigarettes.
The debate continues as to whether or not green cigarettes should be treated as a tobacco product. The FDA has already begun to regulate the industry from advertising and marketing that the e-cig product helps one quit smoking – only time will tell how much regulation will affect the electric cigarette industry.
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