[I]f people understand that retail outlets that plan to promote health, provide pharmacy services, and house retail clinics are no longer going to sell tobacco products, the social unacceptability of tobacco use will be substantially reinforced—indeed, the continued sale would appear to sanction the most unhealthy habit a person can maintain.
Why the second-largest U.S. drugstore quit smoking
— By Tyler Falk on February 5, 2014, 9:07 AM PST
Well done CVS .... Bravo !
Just thinking that if cigarettes did not exist and I invented them today and tried to sell them, I would be promptly arrested and thrown into jail ..... and rightfully so.
Horrible disgusting habit ... and yes, I am an ex-smoker.
I am in New Zealand. Never have our pharmacies sold tobacco products in my 60 something memory. Pack of 25 cigarettes here is taxed heavily.
Supermarkets/stores are not allowed to display tobacco products. They are in locked cabinets.
I dont understand the third world attitude of the US..maybe the health professions make a lot of money out of lung and vascular disease.
Look to other countries, and see what progress has been made in this area.
Rex W Turner, I agree somewhat, but smoking is not an unpopular fad. I am a respiratory therapist who has to watch sick, dying tobacco smokers every day and it is a heartbreaking. Also, my mom died at 46 from lung cancer which was also heartbreaking. You are right that obesity is a killer - it is also backbreaking for healthcare workers.
CVS estimated that they would lose some $2 billion dollars from not selling cigarettes.
But, $2 billion is just peanuts compared to the actual revenue they will lose.
People who go into a store with the intent of purchasing something they need or want, would normally browse or look at what else is in the store, and oftentimes, they end up with more than the item they expected to purchase. I do that all the time, and I almost never leave with just my targeted purchase. It's what marketing and product placement is about. Yeah, cigarettes may be placed behind the counter, but, people will always think of other things that a store carries, and they'll be making other purchases.
BTW, I don't smoke, and nobody in my entire family smokes, and I always try to stop people from smoking. I'm just commenting about the economics involved with the CVS move.
We really do live a sheltered life here in Australia. I was surprised to read that a pharmacy, anywhere, sold cigarettes. Just feels strange.
First alcohol products and snacks that make people obese, then stop prescription opiate abuse, all epidemics killing people and costing us billions! Torturing smokers because that addiction is an unpopular fad is discriminatory BS, and disingenuous!
"It's hard for customers to take a health care service seriously when cigarettes are being sold at the checkout line. "
Umm HealthCare is product. It's created, marketed and sold like any other product.
Sure, any retailer can select what products they want to sell, but to think consumers are going to avoid a retailer because they sell products that are completely opposite is just silly.
Until CVS stops selling the Enquirer (which is like cigarettes for the brain), or chocolate, or soda, this is just another marketing gimmick. More than likely, due to tax hikes their sales in cigarettes have slumped and it's no longer truly profitable. Not that I think we should be told what to ingest (mentally or physically).
they will sell medical marihuana instead, more profit and the president approves and encourages our kids to smoke pot.
@adornoe I have visited a number of CVS and Walgreens pharmacy stores. Invariably the cigarettes are almost always behind the checkout counters, right next to the entrance or exit. Anyone coming in for cigarettes is not likely to brows to see what else is on sale !!
In the 70s a carton of cigarettes cost around $ 4/- in grocery stores. Nowadays these cost more than $ 7/- a pack of 20 ! I am surprised people can even afford to smoke ! I have been smoking for over 50 years now and these cost no more than $0.15 a pack of 10.
I find it incongruent that on one hand we're moving to out cigarettes and big-gulps, but legalizing cannabis.
@pmshah @adornoeI already acknowledged that cigarettes are behind the counter. But, that does not stop people from browsing inside the store for other things which the may need, or which is smartly placed so that people can notice them. Cigarettes are not the only things behind the cashier counters. Ever notice that?
The price of cigarettes is irrelevant when people are hooked, and the prices may not be that high when adjusted for inflation. BTW, I don't remember cigarettes being as cheap as 15 cents for a pack of 10, even 50 years ago; perhaps in your neck of the woods they were, but in NYC, where I lived, they always seemed expensive.