CVS has recently announced that it will no longer sell cigarettes and other tobacco products.
The sale of tobacco products is inconsistent with our purpose – helping people on their path to better health.
No doubt CVS expects that it can make up some of its lost cigarette revenue, perhaps even surpass it. This move will appeal to the ethical heartstrings of Americans against tobacco and CVS will profit from their upcoming quitting assistance program. It is a great stride forward and reflects the changing image of tobacco. Although CVS, or any pharmacy, should never have been selling cigarettes in the first place.
Tobacco products have no place in a setting where health care is delivered. This is the right thing to do – Larry Merlo, President & CEO
I am skeptical that this is purely about better healthcare outcomes while lowering health care costs because I know businesses care about their bottom lines. But you know what, I don’t care. This is the right thing to do. If more businesses made decisions like this we would not need as much government regulation and the cries of government infringement on our rights would be obsolete.
Congratulations CVS, you just won my loyalty…as long as you continue to uphold your principles of a healthier and more affordable health system.