CVS/Health Officially Done Selling Cigarettes

At CVS Health we took a deep breath and made a decision to quit selling tobacco in our CVS/pharmacy® stores. We created a comprehensive program to help smokers quit, too. We just want to help everyone breathe a little easier. – CVS Health

A few months ago, in February, CVS announced that they were planning to stop selling heaters in all of their more than 7,600 CVS/pharmacy stores across the U.S. by October 1, 2014, making it the first national pharmacy chain to take this step in support of the health and well-being of its patients and customers. The President and CEO of CVS Caremark (at the time, now CVS Health), Larry J. Merlo, stated that:

“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. Put simply, the sale of tobacco products is inconsistent with our purpose.”

This is awesome and a lot of their literature is really cool. I actually am officially done with cigarettes as well as of a couple of weeks ago and I’ve never felt better either. Although it seems like this (in my mind at least) is a pretty sanctimonious act from CVS, you still have to give them credit for doing it. It makes sense. You would think a pharmacy would be absolutely against this anyways, until you realize how much money is involved with ciggy’s. According to reports from FORBES, lung darts account for about $2 billion of CVS’ $125 billion in annual sales. It may not seem like much, but it is. $2 billi is still 2 billi.

Congrats to them. Congrats to me.