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Obama Applauds CVS for Stopping Sales of Cigarettes and Tobacco Products
The Weekly Standard ^ | February 5, 2013 | Daniel Halper

Posted on 02/05/2014 7:22:49 AM PST by Biggirl

President Obama, an ex-smoker, released this statement applauding CVs for stopping the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products:

"I applaud this morning’s news that CVS Caremark has decided to stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products in its stores, and begin a national campaign to help millions of Americans quit smoking instead. As one of the largest retailers and pharmacies in America, CVS Caremark sets a powerful example, and today’s decision will help advance 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. I congratulate – and thank – the CEO of CVS Caremark, Larry Merlo, the board of directors, and all who helped make a choice that will have a profoundly positive impact on the health of our country."

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TOPICS: Government; Health/Medicine; Politics
KEYWORDS: cigarettes; cvs; obama; tobaccoproducts

1 posted on 02/05/2014 7:22:50 AM PST by Biggirl
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To: Biggirl
Ding a ling....

"Mr. Johnson.....This is CVS. You're Marijuana prescription is ready to be picked up."

2 posted on 02/05/2014 7:25:47 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Biggirl

No fear of him losing his ‘suppliers’ tho.


3 posted on 02/05/2014 7:26:00 AM PST by TribalPrincess2U (0bama's agenda—Divide and conquer seems to be working.)
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To: Biggirl

Anyone doubt that their reimbursement payments from Obamacare will come ten times quicker than any pharmacy still selling cigarettes?


4 posted on 02/05/2014 7:26:03 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Biggirl

I wonder if they will lose customers by doing this?

I’ve never like the CVS pharmacy in my neighborhood-—I like Walgreen’s much better.


5 posted on 02/05/2014 7:27:32 AM PST by basil (2ASisters.org)
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To: Biggirl

I’m sure he’s still smoking though.


6 posted on 02/05/2014 7:29:18 AM PST by John W (Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: basil

I like CVS better than Walgreen’s but hated it when CVS bought out Long’s Drugs.


7 posted on 02/05/2014 7:29:23 AM PST by SoCal Pubbie
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To: Buckeye McFrog

They’ll be closing stores in their chain in no time....


8 posted on 02/05/2014 7:29:33 AM PST by caww
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To: Biggirl

Former smoker my Aunt Esther!

9 posted on 02/05/2014 7:29:54 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Jealousy is when you count someone else's blessings instead of your own.)
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To: John W

Obama has his Cigarettes and Tobacco Products trucked in with his WEED ,no need to leave his Palace


10 posted on 02/05/2014 7:31:15 AM PST by molson209 (Hillary Clinton)
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To: Biggirl

More feel good baloney from the left.

This will not save a single life.

However, it is certainly CVS’s prerogative to not carry tobacco. But it means nothing.

Let’s see, if their motives are truly as they say, get rid of the candy, soda, ice cream, cold meds (abused) and most of the OTC drugs. And so on ad nauseum.


11 posted on 02/05/2014 7:32:15 AM PST by ChildOfThe60s ((If you can remember the 60s.....you weren't really there)
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To: Biggirl

Well, no more CVS for me. I don’t care about the cigarettes, but if it has Obama’s support, I’m against it.


12 posted on 02/05/2014 7:33:01 AM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: ChildOfThe60s

I’ll bet CVS is still stocking the morning after pill which is essentially 100% fatal.


13 posted on 02/05/2014 7:36:02 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Biggirl

If it was a business decision and not a political one, I applaud it too. CVS is sacrificing part of their customer base and some revenue to do this on a principle. If, however, they knuckled under to an ObamaCare mandate or the arm-twisting of the feds, I’m not so impressed.

Here’s a question. If CVS had declared that, as a matter of conscience, they decided to not supply birth control medications they deemed were abortifacients, do you think Obama and the media would applaud the decision or demand that CVS comply with the liberal worldview? I think we all know the answer to that one.


14 posted on 02/05/2014 7:37:45 AM PST by OrangeHoof (2001-208: "Dissent Is Patriotism!" 2009-2016: "Dissent Is Racism!")
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To: Biggirl

CVS is just ahead of the curve on this


15 posted on 02/05/2014 7:38:34 AM PST by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Biggirl

Pretty sure bad diet is more damaging to American lives. The collection of ready-to-go candy/snacks/soda is more dangerous than tobacco, as it is okay to administer them to children. Each holiday is littered with sugary poisons which serve to habituate poor nutrition behaviors. If they really cared about the health of their customers, CVS should stop selling candy and snack food and sodas.


16 posted on 02/05/2014 7:38:46 AM PST by Sgt_Schultze (A half-truth is a complete lie)
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To: OrangeHoof

(disregard this post)


17 posted on 02/05/2014 7:40:22 AM PST by OrangeHoof (2001-2008: "Dissent Is Patriotism!" 2009-2016: "Dissent Is Racism!")
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To: basil

Yeah, CVS has said they expect to lose about $2 billion per year in revenue, and their Executive Vice President has said “it’s obvious that the average person will just find somewhere else to buy cigarettes.”

While I can’t fault CVS, a private company, for voluntarily doing what they think is right even when it will hurt their bottom line, I do wonder whether this will inspire the left to submit state and federal bills saying that stores that provide pharmaceutical or other medical services can’t sell cigarettes.


18 posted on 02/05/2014 7:40:57 AM PST by Thoreauaway
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To: Biggirl

re: President Obama, an ex-smoker

Really? I thought he still smoked.


19 posted on 02/05/2014 7:41:18 AM PST by Nevadan
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To: Biggirl

I guess Obama will no longer be buying his cigarettes at CVS.


20 posted on 02/05/2014 7:41:48 AM PST by PJ-Comix (ObamaCare unsubsidized PAID Enrollment Prediction: 66,666)
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To: Biggirl
Another freedom taken away and he applauds.

21 posted on 02/05/2014 7:43:49 AM PST by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: Thoreauaway

Who know? The left is so stupid in so many ways, it’s hard to predict what they will do next.


22 posted on 02/05/2014 7:45:59 AM PST by basil (2ASisters.org)
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To: Biggirl

Since cigarettes need to be locked up, and IDs checked before being sold, it may just be a cost savings.

Most of the price of cigarettes are taxes I am not sure how much profit an outlet makes on a pack of cigarettes but someone may have done the numbers and figures they could use that time and space for something else.

I am old enough to remember cigarette machines were every where.

Why aren’t we all dead yet?


23 posted on 02/05/2014 7:49:13 AM PST by CIB-173RDABN (I do not doubt that our climate changes. I only doubt that anything man does has any effect.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

They sure do:

http://www.cvs.com/search/_/N-0?searchTerm=plan+b&pt=global


24 posted on 02/05/2014 7:52:33 AM PST by Sister_T (So, ACA is the law of the land? Remember: DADT and DOMA were the laws of the land! Repeal ACA!)
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To: CIB-173RDABN

I’m sure it’s a much lower percentage at CVS but cigs are 40% of convenience store gross sales and likely higher profit percentage.

http://www.csdecisions.com/2013/06/21/cigarettes-still-king-2/


25 posted on 02/05/2014 7:54:57 AM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: Biggirl

Kiss of death, this Obama pronouncement. CVS will be out of business by the time Emperor Zero leaves the White Hut. If he ever does.


26 posted on 02/05/2014 8:02:36 AM PST by backwoods-engineer (Blog: www.BackwoodsEngineer.com)
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To: backwoods-engineer

He will be out in a few years.


27 posted on 02/05/2014 8:03:51 AM PST by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: bigbob

I had a privately owned drug store in my town. It never sold tobacco or beer products from the 1970 through the 1990’s. The owner/pharmacist stated that even if it brought in revenue, he wouldn’t take part because his store was to provide goods to make and keep people healthy. It was then bought out by a chain drug store. The first thing that changed was the addition of a wall of tobacco products and beer coolers. Shortly after, the entire pharmacy staff resigned.

I guess CVS is just repeating history of my local pharmacy from the 1970’s.


28 posted on 02/05/2014 8:08:17 AM PST by Dutch Boy
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To: Thoreauaway

If they start passing such bills, they will just kill off the whole drugstore industry.

The reason these chains keep building ever-bigger stand alone stores is that reimbursements on pharmaceuticals keep dropping. Hence they need you to wander around and buy crap while you’re waiting. Otherwise the stores will not be profitable enough to stay open.


29 posted on 02/05/2014 8:09:33 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Biggirl
President Obama, an ex-smoker....

How do we know this? Because the lying little islamist says so?

30 posted on 02/05/2014 8:16:59 AM PST by onedoug
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To: nascarnation

That much, wow. But I doubt it would be the same for a pharmacy. Maybe someone else knows.


31 posted on 02/05/2014 8:43:08 AM PST by CIB-173RDABN (I do not doubt that our climate changes. I only doubt that anything man does has any effect.)
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To: Biggirl

Because he will always be able to get his butts, even if the little people can’t.


32 posted on 02/05/2014 8:54:52 AM PST by rlmorel ("A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
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To: rlmorel
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33 posted on 02/05/2014 9:02:41 AM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: OrangeHoof

CVS is a poorly run retail operation, IMO. I’m guessing (based simply on my own observations in various cities) that Walgreens creams them in the markets where they compete closely.

The only time I’ve been in a CVS that was busy is when it was the only store of that type around. And that’s the only reason I’ve been in them...when there was no alternative.


34 posted on 02/05/2014 9:18:41 AM PST by ChildOfThe60s ((If you can remember the 60s.....you weren't really there)
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To: nascarnation

Tobacco is an absolutely necessary leader item for convenience stores (especially ones with gas pumps).

I can’t speak for now, but years ago when I was a vendor (not tobacco), the store buyers told me that cigs were not particularly profitable, but they had to have them to get traffic.


35 posted on 02/05/2014 9:21:59 AM PST by ChildOfThe60s ((If you can remember the 60s.....you weren't really there)
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To: BitWielder1

Tobacco products are dangerous, but marijuana has the presidential seal of approval. Wonder what the rate of lung cancer will be in CA and WA in the next 15 years, and how will the potheads explain it away?


36 posted on 02/05/2014 9:26:08 AM PST by txrefugee
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To: Biggirl

CVS -> 0DeathCare Navigators/sycophants :(


37 posted on 02/05/2014 9:28:19 AM PST by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: Biggirl

Even a blind squirrel finds a nut now and then.

I applaud CVS’ move. I wish every retailer would do the same.

The only reason the tobacco industry still exists is because it is a propped up crony capitalist boondoggle, hiding behind the skirts of Big Government.


38 posted on 02/05/2014 12:53:36 PM PST by Haiku Guy (Health Care Haiku: If You Have a Right / To the Labor I Provide / I Must Be Your Slave)
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