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CVS Becomes First Drugstore to Yank Controversial Product From Its Shelves
The Blaze ^ | 2/5/2014 | Liz Klimas

Posted on 02/05/2014 7:10:38 AM PST by rktman

When customers step up to make a purchase at a CVS store next fall, they won’t see rows of cigarette boxes and other tobacco products behind the counter. CVS Caremark announced Wednesday its decision to stop selling tobacco products by October 2014 in its more than 7,600 stores, making it the first large drugstore chain in the country to do so.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Health/Medicine; Society
KEYWORDS: cigarettes; cvs; dunderheads; pharmacy; pufflist; theend
Smoker alert. Not that I buy them there anyway. Will they soon be stocking mj in their place. After all it's only for medicinal purposes in most place. For now.
1 posted on 02/05/2014 7:10:38 AM PST by rktman
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To: rktman

I would venture to guess that the stock holders are not happy campers today!


2 posted on 02/05/2014 7:12:54 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: rktman

Yep. Stoners soon to be everywhere. More easy to steer and control if they are high all the time. Millions of experiences have proved it time and time again. I know some think it doesn’t affect their behavior, judgment, body, or their coordination but they are deluded. We all make excuses for our bad habits to justify them.


3 posted on 02/05/2014 7:15:00 AM PST by jsanders2001
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To: rktman

When I was smoking, I found CVS seemed to keep their stocks fresh. Whether due to the volume of sales or better inventory management, I don’t know.

I’d gotten some awful tasting packs from random gas stations so I started using CVS. Didn’t hurt that they were right down the street either.

Wish one of the chains would jump on the e-cigs bandwagon with some force. I have to order the stuff online and it sucks running out if I’m not on top of it. If that industry would adopt some interchangeability standards, I think they’d take off. But that’s probably off topic.


4 posted on 02/05/2014 7:18:01 AM PST by chrisser (Senseless legislation does nothing to solve senseless violence.)
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To: jsanders2001

require stoner licenses. Stoners are prohibited from havin ANY form of driver license. No motorized vehicles at all. (not even a motorized e-bike)

stoners should just cut to the chase and have special hospice hotels. (ala roach motel, they check in but not out)


5 posted on 02/05/2014 7:18:30 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: chrisser

they will still sell e-cigs.


6 posted on 02/05/2014 7:19:06 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: rktman

This really sucks! I for one enjoyed the convenience of buying my inhaler, filling my COPD script and purchasing my cigarettes all in one place.


7 posted on 02/05/2014 7:19:35 AM PST by 11th Commandment (http://www.thirty-thousand.org/)
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To: TexasCajun

Down 1.5% as of now.


8 posted on 02/05/2014 7:23:35 AM PST by Starboard
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To: rktman

The convenience store across the street just got happy....


9 posted on 02/05/2014 7:25:13 AM PST by freebilly
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To: rktman

The old mom-and-pop pharmacies I used to frequent never did sell cigarettes to begin with. Thus, they were never something I would expect to see in a drug store to begin with.


10 posted on 02/05/2014 7:25:36 AM PST by greene66
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To: 11th Commandment

You can still buy all the candy, sodas and ice cream you want there. All the sugar your body can handle. lol


11 posted on 02/05/2014 7:27:27 AM PST by Starboard
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To: rktman

Dollar General sells smokes.


12 posted on 02/05/2014 7:27:49 AM PST by waterhill (I Shall Remain, in spite of __________.)
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To: rktman

But will they still stock the morning after pill for teens?


13 posted on 02/05/2014 7:28:51 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: rktman

That’s kind of amazing, as I’m sure tobacco is a big profit item.

Imagine how big govt deficits would be without tobacco taxes and payments?


14 posted on 02/05/2014 7:30:21 AM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: rktman

Controversial? lol. You can’t make this crap up. That has literally made my day. We are so done as a country. It is over folks....pack up and leave. Last one out, shut the door and turn out the lights. We are officially done.


15 posted on 02/05/2014 7:30:23 AM PST by napscoordinator ( Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: 11th Commandment

This really sucks! I for one enjoyed the convenience of buying my inhaler, filling my COPD script and purchasing my cigarettes all in one place.

ROTFL. That is really really funny.


16 posted on 02/05/2014 7:31:47 AM PST by napscoordinator ( Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: rktman

Who smokes these days? I’d wager it is less than 10 percent of the populace. Mostly junior high students and elderly Chinese women.


17 posted on 02/05/2014 7:32:25 AM PST by GSWarrior
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To: rktman

but birth control and abortion pills for kids are not controversial at all?


18 posted on 02/05/2014 7:32:47 AM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: greene66

To add to my previous post, of the two main independent drug-stores my family did business with, one had a history back to about 1905, and the other, from the 1940s. They sold drugs, they had lunch-counters, and they had newstands.

But they did NOT sell grocery items nor cigarettes. So, it just still strikes me as ‘odd’ when I encounter a modern chain pharmacy selling Doritoes, bottled sodas, and cigarettes.


19 posted on 02/05/2014 7:35:24 AM PST by greene66
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To: rktman

When do they start addressing abuse of prescription narcotics?


20 posted on 02/05/2014 7:47:47 AM PST by Clay Moore ("To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize." ~Voltaire)
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To: All

No more smokes but in my area they devote an entire section for top shelf booze, beer, wine and cheap rotgut whiskey.

CVS....what a bunch of hypocrites!!!


21 posted on 02/05/2014 7:49:33 AM PST by Kolath
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To: rktman

I find it interesting that all the same people celebrating this move by CVS are the same that are all in for weed. Why is a cigerette evil and pot something we need to advance? Seems a little inconsistent.


22 posted on 02/05/2014 7:53:51 AM PST by ilgipper (Obama is proving that very bad ideas can be wrapped up in pretty words)
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To: Kolath

You make a valid point, also they sell all kinds of snacks and soft drinks as well.

I’m wondering if the pharmaceutical industry is behind this in some way - such as $$$ for ditching the smokes and using that space for “nicotine replacement therapy.”


23 posted on 02/05/2014 7:57:29 AM PST by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: rktman
Way back when I worked in a chain drug store, we had a lot of customers who came in only for tobacco. I don't know about now, but in those days, the pharmacy was the most profitable part of the drug store.

The reasoning behind selling cheap smokes was that we were developing future customers for the pharmacy. I know it sounds cruel, but it was sound business. If people bought their smokes at your drug store, chances were pretty good that they would also eventually buy their respiratory medicine (if they kept up the habit) or smoking cessation aids (if they didn't).

You aren't going to get people to quit smoking because you stop selling tobacco products at your store. You will, however, probably get them to take their tobacco and other business elsewhere. I guess that's a good move if you have so many customers you can afford to lose 25% of them.

24 posted on 02/05/2014 7:58:47 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: rktman
Depending on their motive here I may or may not have a problem with this.If their motive is positive PR then OK,they experience the benefits,and drawbacks,on their profit and loss spreadsheets.If it's because their legal department advised it for some reason I see that as an indictment of our legal systems and juries.If it's a government mandate I say “**** you,Rat Party scum”.
25 posted on 02/05/2014 8:04:31 AM PST by Gay State Conservative (Osama Obama Care: A Religion That Will Have You On Your Knees!)
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To: rktman
Just a side note: When Christine (the Idiot) was governor of WA, she increased the tobacco tax dramatically. What happened was that the stores lost sales. Here in Yakima the estimate that I heard was 10000 cartons a month.

Where did they go? To the Reservation.

26 posted on 02/05/2014 8:32:20 AM PST by Parmy
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To: GSWarrior

John Boehner smokes.

This isn’t the point. The first thing I thought of was that the sanctimonious Obama, who has probably been fibbing about his own cigarette quitting journey, is attempting to take away the little pleasures that make this wretched time in our country’s history more bearable. Watch for Rite-Aid, Walgreens, Bartells and others to be pressured to follow suit.

And if you people think that anti smoking fascists have a much more charitable attitude about pipes, cigars or e-cigs, don’t be so sure.


27 posted on 02/05/2014 8:34:33 AM PST by crazycatlady
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To: Parmy

Of course the reservation. One of the first things I thought of.

The King Co. ban-smoking-in-parks movement still irks me.


28 posted on 02/05/2014 8:38:35 AM PST by crazycatlady
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To: All

Yes, I miss the old drug stores with the lunch counter, flavored Cokes, pharmacist in an elevated room and special section of livestock medicine, and it maybe doubled as bus station too. Wish we had one in downtown Everett, as I’m sure there once was, but those days are gone.


29 posted on 02/05/2014 8:42:34 AM PST by crazycatlady
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To: rktman
Has SMOKE ever been considered a drug delivery method in modern medicine? In the past yes! But not today! I wonder what the effect of MJ smoke in the rectum would be?


30 posted on 02/05/2014 8:47:08 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: Parmy

***Where did they go? To the Reservation. ***

I wonder if reservations could sell guns and large magazines, illegal in the state surrounding the rez to the public? It would sure knock Cali and Colo’s anti magazine laws in the head!

Hey that is how the Rez got around state anti-gambling laws!


31 posted on 02/05/2014 8:52:59 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

Anderson cooper may know. Of course we’ve been having sunshine pumped up there for a while now.


32 posted on 02/05/2014 8:58:48 AM PST by rktman (Under my plan(scheme), the price of EVERYTHING will necessarily skyrocket! Period.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Yes


33 posted on 02/05/2014 10:22:01 AM PST by Morgana (Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

For anyone’s information. A certain Indian on the Yakima reservation is growing a lot of tobacco. He was having to send it East to get it processed. I understand that he now has the capability of drying it here. He also manufactures his own cigs. In fact, he won a law-suit against him in NY, I believe, because NY was trying to tax his cigs going to reservations. I think I am mostly correct in this.


34 posted on 02/05/2014 11:30:50 AM PST by Parmy
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To: rktman

Not to worry. They can always make up for lost tobacco sales with marijuana sales.


35 posted on 02/06/2014 2:22:15 PM PST by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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