07
Sep

CVS QUITS TOBACCO,STRESSES HEALTH CARE

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I previously published a post on CVS’s announcement that it would quit selling cigarettes.

In this morning’s Washington Post , September 4, 2014 this huge drug store chain made it official announcing they have ended tobacco sales at its 7600 drug stores,Wednesday

September 3, 2014 about a month earlier than the original October 1 target in a move that has been viewed as both a public health victory and a calculated business decision

for the nation’s second-largest drugstore chain as it expands its healthcare footprint.

The company which is changings it name from CVS Caremaerk to CVS Health is also launching a cessation program to help smokers quit..

CVS officials have said that banning tobacco from stores shelves will cost the company an estimated $22 billion in lost sales annually out of $125 billion overall.

As previously announced, CVS is also planning a big expansion of its in-store Minuite Clinics from about 900 locations to 1500 by 2017.

Some of CVS’S biggest competitors, including Walgreen and Rite Aid, have not abandoned tobacco sales.

As previously mentioned, cigarettes were exchanged for any other products in Europe after World War II. I recall purchasing two interesting paintings in St. Gilgen, Austria after the War.

A fellow veteran from my army Division who needed microscopes to teach a science class, exchanged 5 cartons of cigarettes for 5 microscopes,when stationed in an Austria city.

I still believe that many folks, will continue to purchase cigarettes, even though they are aware that smoking could damage their health..

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