CVS Caremark Set to Remove Cigarette and Tobacco Products from Shelves
CVS stops selling tobacco
CVS Caremark will be pulling all cigarette and tobacco products off its store shelves by October 1st of 2014. The decision was made after CVS Caremark executives began reviewing the goals of the company outside of simply growing revenue.
The image of the neighborhood pharmacy has grown over the years. Pharmacies are becoming more involved in the overall health of families. Initiatives such as minute clinics established in hundreds of store locations nationwide help encourage customers to participate in better health choices. Removing products known to cause cancer and other health problems, just makes sense in an industry to encourage good health.
The move to stop stocking shelves with tobacco products is a huge step in the right direction, and even President Obama has taken notice. “As one of the largest retailers and pharmacies in America, CVS Caremark sets a powerful example, and today’s decision will help my administration’s efforts to reduce tobacco-related deaths, cancer, and heart disease, as well as bring down health care costs – ultimately saving lives and protecting untold numbers of families from pain and heartbreak for years to come”, stated President Obama as reported by CNN.
In the end, removing cigarette and tobacco products from the shelves of the neighborhood pharmacy and retailers nationwide, whose goal is helping families achieve healthier lifestyles, is long overdue. The question now becomes will other pharmacy and retailers follow CVS Caremark in this landmark decision.