CVS Pharmacy calling it quits with tobacco products
Wed, 05 Feb 2014 23:29:43 GMT —
CVS Pharmacy, one of the nation's largest drugstores, is kicking the habit. They announced Wednesday, all 7,600 stores will stop selling tobacco products by Oct. 1.
Tobacco related sales bring in a yearly revenue of $2 billion for the drug store chain.
Despite the projected revenue loss, CVS said they can't promote wellness and sell products that can cause health problems at the same time.
Nearly five million people die from tobacco related illnesses worldwide, according to the Center for Disease Control.
"It's really antithetical as a result to have a product in our store, tobacco, which actually causes these kinds of diseases. So that's why it's so important for us to eliminate the sale of tobacco products today," said Troy Brennan, CVS executive vice president and chief medical officer.
Nathan Lockhart is an Amarillo resident and has been trying to quit smoking.
He believes CVS's decision is a step in the right direction.
"My dad is dying of lung cancer. So it is kind of a good thing that they're trying to get rid of things that are harming others and our children," Lockhart said.
But others say, the decision of one drugstore chain won't make a difference for the estimated 43.8 million smokers.
Buddy Collins, an Amarillo resident, said he doesn't think this news will affect longtime smokers who are not looking to kick the habit. But Collins does hope this can start creating some changes.
"Will this start a trend? I don't know, but maybe it should," Collins said.