CVS Pharmacies to Stop Selling Tobacco Products 02/05/14
February 5, 2014
Odessa - The countryís largest drugstore in sales announced Wednesday that they will no longer sell tobacco products in their stores. They say by eliminating the products, it will help align them with other health care providers.
The change however will cost them some money, the numbers right now show that the pharmacy will lose about two billion of their 123 billion dollars in sales a year. But, they say thatís ok, and are willing to go through that loss as long as they can help others become healthier.
ďWeíve come to the conclusion that tobacco, in a setting where health care is being administered, those two just donít go together,Ē said CVS Caremark President and CEO Larry Merlo.
The company says this move is a big step for them in becoming more of a health care provider rather than a retail store. Something those here in the Permian basin say they agree with. ďItís a pharmacy, itís meant to be there to try and help people. Not to sell stuff that is going to harm people,Ē said one Odessa resident.
CVS says they are anticipating an increased demand in health care due to the health care overhaul. Adding that while they are trying to treat major chronic conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes, they are working backwards by providing these products.
ďTo have a product at our store like tobacco, itís actually causing these kind of diseases, thatís why itís so important for us to stop selling tobacco products today,Ē said CVS Caremark Chief Medical Officer Troy Brennan.
CVS says there are almost five hundred thousand smoking related deaths annually, and say they hope this will set an example for other pharmacies in the nation. Even going a little further in their efforts, they have also announced that they will begin a nationwide program to help stop smoking come this spring.