CVS pharmacy has announced that effective October 2014 they will no longer sell cigarettes or any tobacco products because they are committed to improving Americas health. Do you agree with their decision?
I think it's hypocritical that they're still selling alcohol but they quit selling tobacco? Isn't alcohol a drug?
I'm not a fan of smoking so it only bothers me that a company is taking it upon themselves to not let me choose. Didn't a pharmacist get into trouble not long ago for refusing to dispense the morning after pill because it was against their beliefs?
I don't think tobacco is evil and that people should be restricted from it but It's nice to see a company take a stand for something based on principle rather than money.
Leading the way, a giant step in the right direction...
Applying the same great principles, I now expect them to replace their long section of candy, the ice cream, and other trans fat snacks, with a selection of fruits and veggies ;-)
They can choose to sell what they want. This decision won't affect me. People can get tobacco at many other places.
I don't, but I don't care since I'm not a shareholder. If I did own stock in the company, their walking away from what was reported to be over 2 billion in tobacco sales for no good reason would annoy the daylights out of me.
Choosing not to contribute to debilitating disease and agonizing death isn't a good reason?
It's fine if you're looking to crown a saint, but when the bottom line is the bottom line, it makes no sense to me. It's a legal product sold only to adults, essentially on demand without advertising. And one cigarette never killed anyone.
I don't necessarily agree but I support their right to do so.
So which way did you vote then? This was about whether or not you agreed with the policy not whether they should have the right to it. Of course they can decide to stop selling any of their products at any time.
Whatever they want to do is what I agree on. It's their loss though. They are probably going to lose a lot of money in sales because the smokers are now gonna go to the next guy down the street instead.
I agree but I hate it when companies blatantly BS you to your face. CVS just now discovered that smoking is bad for you and selling cigarettes at a drug store is profoundly hypocritical??? Tell me the real reason...
Not at all. Let adults be adults.
Yes, the adults are deciding not to sell cigarettes to adults.
No the adults are trying to influence other adults to stop an unhealthy and costly habit. That is most certainly not letting adults be adults.
Uh, yeah it is. CVS is providing these people a product by selling cigarettes. People aren't entitled to cigarettes wherever they go. If you want to be an adult and get everything you want, why don't you start a company and make your own cigarettes?
You don't have to start a company. You just need good dirt, some water, and tobacco seeds.
it's their prerogative
That completely misses the debate. Of course it's their prerogative and well well well within their rights. The question is do you agree with the policy- not their right to having it.
I don't really care. I occasionally smoke cigars, I typically get mine shipped to me, otherwise I get them from a tobacco shop.
CVS's decision doesn't affect me.
I commend them and hope it will become a trend. I have lost numerous relatives including both parents and 2 uncles to tobacco related illnesses. From now on I will patronize CVS more.
Even if my uncle hadn't died in his mid 60's from smoking over a pack a day, I would still support them.
It's not my decision so I can't agree or disagree.
*shrug* makes sense to me considering they're mostly a pharmacy - in other words promoting good health
Their store, their decision. I don't smoke or shop at CVS. This change will neither encourage nor discourage me from shopping there.
Well it's their decision. I don't smoke and I rarely go to CVS so it doesn't matter to me. Only concern is they have to raise price on other products to make that money.
I think it's ridiculous to believe that CVS will effect America's health with this decision. It is a company, and as all companies, it is making a decision based on its bottom line or what it perceives will help it. Yup, cynic here!
It's their company and their decision, so I'd say as long as it doesn't hurt anyone or put them under its the right decision regardless if I agree with it.
Spoken like a true plebeian!
It's their store.
It might hurt their bottom line, but It won't stop people from buying cigarettes.
Do you think there's a possibility that people who don't smoke will purposely pick CVS because of their decision?
I won't start shopping there solely because they don't sell cigarettes. I shop places that have the things I need, not the things I don't need.
I don't agree or disagree with it. It doesn't affect me in any way. Those that want to purchase those products will simply take their business elsewhere.
I commend their business decison. I don't think Obama will be doing much shopping at CVS.
He quit smoking a few years ago and commended CVS for this today.
Well good for him
As a private business they can do what they want. Will they also stop selling medicine that has dangerous side effects?
They can do whatever they want, other businesses can choose to continue selling tobacco products and that's fine too.
This is awesome!!
I think it's great and I hope more businesses follow their lead.
Since it is a shop that dispences meds so people can feel better I don't have a problem with that. Wr are not smokers so it doesn't not matter either way.
I fully agree with their decision, regardless of motive.
Just hearing the news headline on it. Surprising. Good idea.
I think it's a good idea plus they were too expensive to buy tobacco products at anyways.
sure do. It's their business.
They can do whatever they want with their business.
More smoke and mirrors, I don't care about tobacco, just phoney
Well, as a business they are free to do so. I wonder how much of a hit they will take financially.
Probably not to bad. Their prices were higher than other stores, at least where I live. They'll make up for it some other way.
I heard on the news at least 1.2 billion in lost revenue
A man on CNBC said CVS plans on getting more involved in healthcare as a neighborhood stop for medical services and selling cigarettes would be hypocritical.
I used to work there. At the time, I can tell you they were mostly committed to money, so I'm surprised that anything is different now. I'm a non-smoker, but I wonder where do we draw the line? If they were truly committed to health, shouldn't they..
..also stop selling Cheetos, candy bars, sodas, etc.?
True but no one dies from second hand Cheetos...
What about all the narcotics people can get addicted to!
I see your point, but they have to start somewhere. It would be better to make all these changes one at a time rather than getting rid of everything potentially unhealthy (pretending that's what they're truly after) that's a long list.
I just picture empty shelves! Lol
It'll be a while before they get rid of the lipstick tested on rabbits.
Second hand Cheetos- Classic!! Another SOH HOF'er.
I'm dying at "second hand Cheetos"
LMFAO @ second hand Cheetos
Inspired by MrWolfe's poll. And I think it's a great idea.