Breaking News – CVS/pharmacy Goes Tobacco-Free and Stops Selling Tobacco Products

February 5, 2014 35 Comments »

I can’t say I’m not elated about the HUGE stance CVS/pharmacy is taking by not selling tobacco products starting this Fall. As the daughter of smoking parents, they know how I feel, and while I know it’s a hard habit to break, I love the reasons behind CVS/pharmacy’s big tobacco free decision and look forward to a healthier America and am so glad a great brand is taking a HUGE step in the right direction.

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CVS Caremark’s corporate mission is focused on helping put people on a path to better health. This morning, CVS Caremark announced that they will stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products at their more than 7,600 CVS/pharmacy stores by October 1, 2014.

“Now more than ever, pharmacies are on the front lines of health care, becoming more involved in chronic disease management to help patients with high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. All of these conditions are made worse by smoking, which is the leading cause of premature disease and death in the U.S., with more than 480,000 deaths annually. Because of this, this is the right thing for us to do and something we need to do for our customers.

Our decision to stop selling tobacco products is consistent with the positions taken by the American Medical Association, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, American Lung Association and American Pharmacists Association that have all publicly opposed tobacco sales in retail outlets with pharmacies.”

In addition to removing tobacco products and cigarettes for sale in their stores, this Spring CVS Caremark will be launching a national smoking cessation program with the goal of helping millions of Americans quit smoking.

Big thumbs up for this initiative and who knows maybe other drugstores will follow suit and help the 7 out of 10 smokers that want to stop smoking.

Here’s to a healthier America. Mom & Dad if you’re reading this you know what I’m thinking…….


The opinions and thoughts expressed in this post are my own. I was not compensated in any way by CVS/pharmacy to write about this. Because it is a topic that is personal and lays heavy on my heart I chose to bring this message to you. I work with CVS/pharmacy and believe they are a great brand and have been a customer for years and will continue to be especially if their direction continues to help others get healthy and stay healthy.

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  1. Kristin February 5, 2014 at 8:48 PM - Reply

    I heard about this today! Good for them!

  2. amy @teachmama February 5, 2014 at 10:35 PM - Reply

    i heard this, too–and I’m excited about it. I wish more pharmacies will take the same stance.

  3. Janet W. February 6, 2014 at 6:40 AM - Reply

    I support CVS and their decision as well! I’m proud to be one of their customers!

  4. Robin Ruehrwein February 6, 2014 at 1:31 PM - Reply

    I saw this on the news. I think it’s a great decision on their part and I hope more stores follow their lead.

  5. Veronica Spriggs February 6, 2014 at 1:37 PM - Reply

    well that just plumb makes good sense! not only is it ridiculous for a store dedicated to health and well being to sell cigarettes but i don’t have to wait in line behind all those clamoring for after work smokes lol. it’s a win win

  6. Whitney February 6, 2014 at 2:00 PM - Reply

    It just makes sense for them to make this move. Hopefully it’s the first step in right direction for all pharmacies.

  7. Jamie Rippy (@MamaMommyMom) February 6, 2014 at 2:08 PM - Reply

    I think it’s cool that CVS is doing this! As a store that’s supposed to be a ‘healthy’ or ‘get yourself healthy’ kind of place, it really just makes sense!

  8. Tracey February 6, 2014 at 2:42 PM - Reply

    That is an amazing step. Especially since they are a pharmacy.

  9. Kita February 6, 2014 at 3:24 PM - Reply

    I for one am glad they took a step I think others will follow and soon probably only gas stations will be selling cigarettes

  10. Amber February 6, 2014 at 3:48 PM - Reply

    I think it’s great! Makes sense.

  11. Kenda Smith February 6, 2014 at 6:54 PM - Reply

    My husband was just telling me about this today. Our CVS stores here have been slowly moving that direction for a while now. First putting them behind the counter, then reducing which products were available bit by bit. Good to see they will be closing it out completely. It’s so ironic that you could get your medicine (for health) at the same place you could get your cigarettes!

  12. Cassie @ Southeast by Midwest February 6, 2014 at 7:58 PM - Reply

    I’ve heard about this but I have to say I’ve been so confused by it. All of the CVS’s I’ve ever been in don’t sell tobacco products. I guess there are some that do *shrugs*

  13. Chrysa February 6, 2014 at 8:22 PM - Reply

    I thought this was great news when I saw it come through my feed yesterday. I was shocked when I went to the CVS Facebook page and saw how many people were against the move. I think it’s an excellent choice!

  14. Jaime February 6, 2014 at 9:32 PM - Reply

    I was so excited to hear this news this week! Tobacco products definitely don’t have a place (in my opinion) with a company that is so closely tied to healthcare.

  15. brett February 6, 2014 at 9:35 PM - Reply

    my mom died because of her smoking habit. i went into preterm labor 13 days later and almost didn’t make it. happily i did, and my little one is 4 1/2 now, but she never met her grama. my kids don’t have her around, and never will. i wanted to do cartwheels when i heard this news yesterday. three cheers for CVS!!

  16. Lindsey, the redheadbabymama February 6, 2014 at 10:08 PM - Reply

    I can’t say enough about this. So stoked to finally see cigarettes being withdrawn from shelves.

  17. robyn thompson February 6, 2014 at 10:47 PM - Reply

    I was SO excited to hear this! I have been a Walgreen’s customer but am switching to CVS for this reason

  18. Melissa February 6, 2014 at 11:14 PM - Reply

    Good for them! I am all for this.

  19. Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell February 7, 2014 at 12:39 AM - Reply

    When I heard this yesterday, I practically stood on my feet cheering. It’s absolutely fantastic! I hope the other chains follow suit, and I have zero doubt they will.

  20. Jo-Lynne Shane {Musings of a Housewife} February 7, 2014 at 7:54 AM - Reply

    I was so happy to hear this!

  21. Jennifer @TheRebelChick February 7, 2014 at 8:00 AM - Reply

    I think it’s awesome that CVS is no longer going to sell tobacco products. I’m an on again-off again smoker of 20 years…I really wish that it was HARDER for me to buy cigarettes, it would make it easier for me to stay quit when I quit. I wish more stores would follow suit with this decision!

  22. Rosey February 7, 2014 at 10:53 AM - Reply

    That’s fantastic! And LOL to the note to your mom and dad at the bottom.

  23. katherine February 7, 2014 at 11:35 AM - Reply

    I think it’s awesome that they finally stopped selling that junk!

  24. Chrishelle Ebner February 7, 2014 at 1:39 PM - Reply

    You go CVS. You have to love a business who stands up for the right thing, no matter how much it will cost them financially. Some things are more important than money.

  25. Brandy February 7, 2014 at 3:52 PM - Reply

    I heard about them stopping to sell cigarettes. I don’t really have an opinion on the matter, I feel like with anything in this world people will find their product elsewhere if need be so it doesn’t matter if one store or all stores stop selling it. The good is that maybe this will help some quit for sure!

  26. Eliz Frank February 7, 2014 at 6:25 PM - Reply

    I really applaud them for taking such a bold move. It takes guts and the willingness to forget money/bottomline for the sake of health.

  27. Alissa February 7, 2014 at 10:22 PM - Reply

    I think it’s so cool they’re doing this. Makes me happy that I’m already a regular CVS customer.

  28. Jamie February 7, 2014 at 10:27 PM - Reply

    Amazing, this is just wonderful! I heard this the other day, and had to take a second glance, I was a little shocked!

  29. Kecia February 7, 2014 at 10:44 PM - Reply

    I heard about how much revenue CVS stands to lose because of their decision, and I applaud them even more because of it! They are really showing their stance against tobacco. I like that they will be offering a program to help smokers quit too.

    • MommyB February 8, 2014 at 2:08 AM - Reply

      I loge that they’re by just taking them away but educating and helping too!!!

  30. Amanda Love February 7, 2014 at 11:23 PM - Reply

    I applaud CVS for taking this high road. Now if only the others would take this path as well.

  31. Janel February 8, 2014 at 2:26 AM - Reply

    I love this!! I have been thinking about their reasoning, saying they thought it would actually boost sales. I agree, I think it will be great for their company, and our society.

  32. Paige February 8, 2014 at 5:02 AM - Reply

    I heard about this. It’s an interesting business decision

  33. Sherryl @ SimplySherryl February 8, 2014 at 10:01 PM - Reply

    I read this earlier this week. I think it is awesome and about time.

  34. Prototype Mama February 8, 2014 at 10:38 PM - Reply

    This is good to hear!

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