CVS announces it’s ending tobacco sales
NBC News: US drug store giant CVS will become the 1st large retail pharmacy chain to stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products, the company says.
The company will phase out tobacco sales by Oct. 1, 2014
Photo: A CVS pharmacy is seen in New York City July 28, 2010. (Reuters/Mike Segar)
Just a thought:
This is obviously a great step forward and only helps the public health cause. Tobacco is the #1 leading preventable cause of death. Having said that I can’t help but feel that this might purely be a financial move disguised as a public health one. CVS needs to negotiate better/more contracts with hospitals/physicians as they ramp up their MinuteClinics. Loss in tobacco sales revenues will probably be more than well compensated by the new contracts and business. Didn’t my undergrad med. anthro prof. say to follow the money? Always follow the money.
I might be wrong. After all, I don’t have the facts.
Interestingly, now I’d like to know how this will affect state revenue from reduction of tobacco sales tax. Where do people buy their cigarettes these days anyway? Do their MinuteClinics offer tobacco cessation counseling?
Why do I have so many questions?! Darn you public health school.