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THE GOOD NEWS: CVS To Pull Tobacco Products from Its Shelves

Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014
Source: Wikipedia
Source: Wikipedia

CVS Caremark, the largest drugstore chain by both sales and pharmacy sales, announced Wednesday that they would no longer sell tobacco products at its stores by October of this year.

"We came to the decision that cigarettes and providing health care just don't go together in the same setting" - Larry J. Merlo, cheif executive of CVS.

The company anticpiates a loss of $2 billion in sales from removing tobacco products, but hopes to make up some of that with smoking cessation programs, beginning with a campaign to help half a million Americans stop smoking. While $2 billion is a fraction of the company's $123 billion revenue (in 2012), this is a proactive measure on their part in demonstrating their commitment to health care services.

There's also an ethical angle here as well: is this an example of CVS going above and beyond, or should we expect this from all stores with pharmacies?

CVS Vows to Quit Selling Tobacco Products (NY Times)

Ending Tobacco Sales in Pharmacies (Journal of American Medicine)

A Framework for Ethical Thinking (Markkula Center for Applied Ethics)



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Brendan said on Feb 14, 2014
Will the shelf-space freed up by tobacco products some day be occupied by marijuana products? I wonder. - Like - 1 person likes this.
Patrick Coutermarsh said on Feb 14, 2014
Interesting thought. Medically speaking, marijuana has been shown to be effective at treating/mitigating a number of illnesses, but there is also research suggesting that marijuana use by adolescents effects development. On the other end is recreational use. It'll be interesting to see what comes of Washington and Colorado's stance on commercializing marijuana, as it will set the tone for these kinds of questions. - Like
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