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(RealClear)   CVS announces that it will stop selling all tobacco products by October 1. Well, I guess that's it for smokers, then...they'll never be able to find cigarettes, now   (realclear.com) divider line 214
    More: Stupid, CVS, tobacco products, cigarettes, health clinic, U.S. Surgeon General  
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2014-02-05 08:25:08 AM  
Thread filled with angry smokers who feel they are being oppressed in 3...2...
 
2014-02-05 08:33:18 AM  
Soon, they'll have to go to dedicated smoke shops.  And when marijuana becomes legal, these will combine and the stigma will be even greater.
 
2014-02-05 08:42:57 AM  
...meh?

Convenience stores refusing to sell cigarettes would be big news. But CVS? Who buys cigarettes at CVS anyway?

/now, CVS refusing to sell condoms, that would be newsworthy.
 
2014-02-05 08:53:11 AM  
Hates that crappy store anyway....

\Walgreens girl
 
2014-02-05 08:53:50 AM  

FirstNationalBastard: Convenience stores refusing to sell cigarettes would be big news. But CVS? Who buys cigarettes at CVS anyway?


I've seen it plenty of times, may just be my area, convenience stores are a whole mile down the road.
 
2014-02-05 09:00:58 AM  

FirstNationalBastard: Convenience stores refusing to sell cigarettes would be big news. But CVS? Who buys cigarettes at CVS anyway?


CVS seems to have a much more significant presence in cities rather than the more level mix of competitors in suburbia.  This is significant because in a city you're dealing with walk-up traffic; a distance of a half mile is a 20-minute round trip and that's being generous to smokers.  For folks in this situation, CVS was no doubt the source for smokes.  Some enterprising business owner will take up the slack in most cases, but that is CVS's choice.

In the burbs where everyone drives everywhere, it is fairly moot.
 
2014-02-05 09:02:37 AM  

silo123j: Hates that crappy store anyway....

\Walgreens girl


Look here, folks. This is what the two-party system has done for us. We have somebody cheerleading Walgreens!
 
2014-02-05 09:03:40 AM  

jaylectricity: silo123j: Hates that crappy store anyway....

\Walgreens girl

Look here, folks. This is what the two-party system has done for us. We have somebody cheerleading Walgreens!


I waste my vote on Rite Aid.
 
2014-02-05 09:05:58 AM  
Big deal.
 
2014-02-05 09:12:05 AM  

jaylectricity: silo123j: Hates that crappy store anyway....

\Walgreens girl

Look here, folks. This is what the two-party system has done for us. We have somebody cheerleading Walgreens!


The MSM is effectively the marketing arm for CVS.   Someone has to speak out for the other side!
 
2014-02-05 09:18:53 AM  
If you're a Rite Aid franchisee in the Carolinas it's time to peruse yacht brochures
 
2014-02-05 09:20:42 AM  

Diogenes: jaylectricity: silo123j: Hates that crappy store anyway....

\Walgreens girl

Look here, folks. This is what the two-party system has done for us. We have somebody cheerleading Walgreens!

The MSM is effectively the marketing arm for CVS.   Someone has to speak out for the other side!


No. It is a crappy store. Used to be my go to. Then they tried to overcharge on scripts and their cvs card is a con game. No thanks.

But then, all of life is a con, isn't it?
 
2014-02-05 09:29:11 AM  

silo123j: But then, all of life is a con, isn't it?


Drug dealers, man... drug dealers.

Diogenes: The MSM is effectively the marketing arm for CVS. Someone has to speak out for the other side!


Besides Dane Cook?
 
2014-02-05 09:38:27 AM  
Obama just praised CVS' decision.

Expect a Facebook feed filled with "Fartbongo you forget George Jefferson and all the Founding Fathers grew tobacco in praise of Jesus! Sing my petition demanding CVS be forced to stock Skoal to protect my First Amendment rights!"
 
2014-02-05 09:39:10 AM  
Why is it stupid that a store founded around the medical industry might not want to push tobacco?
 
2014-02-05 09:39:34 AM  
never agreed with pharmacies selling cigarettes.

now let's get them out of wal-mart.
 
2014-02-05 09:40:46 AM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: Obama just praised CVS' decision.

Expect a Facebook feed filled with "Fartbongo you forget George Jefferson and all the Founding Fathers grew tobacco in praise of Jesus! Sing my petition demanding CVS be forced to stock Skoal to protect my First Amendment rights!"


Yeah, I was kind of wondering when that would start.

Damn Obama for respecting a business' independent choices!  Why isn't he dictating their decisions and regulating the product they must offer?!
 
2014-02-05 09:40:57 AM  
Old News.  I saw it on the new NBC site.
 
2014-02-05 09:41:15 AM  
They're still going to sell soda, candy and questionable prescription drugs though, right?
 
2014-02-05 09:41:28 AM  

bikerbob59: Old News.  I saw it on the new NBC site.


How?!?
 
2014-02-05 09:41:32 AM  
Jeez... I haven't been to a CVS since the 90s, I think.

Aren't they only in malls? Who shops in malls anymore?
 
2014-02-05 09:44:08 AM  

FirstNationalBastard: ...meh?

Convenience stores refusing to sell cigarettes would be big news. But CVS? Who buys cigarettes at CVS anyway?

/now, CVS refusing to sell condoms, that would be newsworthy.


They sold Top cans and pipe tobacco, not just cigarettes. That gives them a leg up in college towns.
 
2014-02-05 09:45:10 AM  
I think everyone is totally missing the stupid point subby is trying to make, as well as his misplaced comma.
 
2014-02-05 09:45:27 AM  
My girlfriend works at a CVS and smokes.

/I am really hoping to get a kick out of most of these replys
//is Dr. Streementioner in the house?
///three shall be the number of the slashies
 
2014-02-05 09:46:01 AM  
If nothing else, CVS just got a crapload of free advertising/buzz.
 
2014-02-05 09:46:59 AM  

giffin: Why is it stupid that a store founded around the medical industry might not want to push tobacco?


The same reason it would be stupid for a pharmaceutical company to develop a cure for diabetes.
 
2014-02-05 09:47:15 AM  

stuhayes2010: They're still going to sell soda, candy and questionable prescription drugs though, right?


And homeopathic water.
 
2014-02-05 09:47:39 AM  

FirstNationalBastard: ...meh?

Convenience stores refusing to sell cigarettes would be big news. But CVS? Who buys cigarettes at CVS anyway?

/now, CVS refusing to sell condoms, that would be newsworthy.


This looks to be the only article on the news that didn't report how CVS will be losing $2 billion in sales by dropping cigarettes.
 
2014-02-05 09:48:08 AM  
Ya know what else they will stop doing?

Shopping there.
 
2014-02-05 09:48:14 AM  
This will make it much harder for your average smoker to purchase a pack of cigarettes....for $1-$2 more than he would pay everywhere else.
 
2014-02-05 09:48:16 AM  
Around here, there's a Walgreens going up on every corner. And then a CVS appears across the street.

Walgreens is the closest to my house and they have lotsa Big Flats 'cause I'm in there buying it every day.
I'll probably never set foot in the CVS being built across the street. No smokes, no BF -  no business...
 
2014-02-05 09:48:23 AM  
Wegmans did this a while ago.
 
2014-02-05 09:48:41 AM  
Huh, someone up top at CVS must have determined that the PR from this decision would pay of better than future customers coming in to fill their O2 tankand corticosteroid scrips.
 
2014-02-05 09:48:53 AM  
silo123j


Hates that crappy store anyway....

\Walgreens girl


Walgreens in San Fran does not sell tobacco.
 
2014-02-05 09:48:55 AM  

FirstNationalBastard: ...meh?

Convenience stores refusing to sell cigarettes would be big news. But CVS? Who buys cigarettes at CVS anyway?

/now, CVS refusing to sell condoms, that would be newsworthy.


There's a Rite-Aid store next door to my office, and whenever I go in there, it seems that half the people in line to buy stuff are buying a pack of smokes, and I don't expect that CVS would be much different. The amusing/sad thing about people buying smokes at Rite-Aid is that you have to sign up for and use one of their frequent shopper club cards, which they call the "Wellness Card," to get sale prices, so whenever there's a discount on tobacco products, they have signs up inviting customers to use their "Wellness Card" to save money on cancer sticks.
 
2014-02-05 09:49:00 AM  

thornhill: This looks to be the only article on the news that didn't report how CVS will be losing $2 billion in sales by dropping cigarettes.


my god.

it's almost like someone with a conscious runs CVS.
 
2014-02-05 09:49:24 AM  

itsdan: FirstNationalBastard: Convenience stores refusing to sell cigarettes would be big news. But CVS? Who buys cigarettes at CVS anyway?

I've seen it plenty of times, may just be my area, convenience stores are a whole mile down the road.


If you smoke Camels it's worth it isn't it?
 
2014-02-05 09:50:01 AM  

giffin: Why is it stupid that a store founded around the medical industry might not want to push tobacco?


Um, because they make money from people getting sick. If we were all healthy and didn't need any medications they would go out of business. I wonder how their stockholders feel about this decision?
 
2014-02-05 09:50:35 AM  
No tobacco in pharmacies in my town.
I stop by the Middle Eastern Guy's store every other week on my way to the dump. 1/4 pound of tobacco for $15.00
O'Bama-Lite passed a tax on smokes, then O'Bama Big passed another. Roll my own.
/Bastiges.
 
2014-02-05 09:50:36 AM  

stuhayes2010: They're still going to sell soda, candy and questionable prescription drugs though, right?


That's a good point. They have entire lanes dedicated to junk food, candy and soda.
 
2014-02-05 09:50:47 AM  
Cigarettes are the leading preventable cause of death in the United States.
 
2014-02-05 09:50:57 AM  
Subby is a moron. The reasoning that CVS(a company I despise)is sound. They don't want to sell tobacco products when they are a business that promotes health and healing.
 
2014-02-05 09:51:13 AM  

Raider_dad: itsdan: FirstNationalBastard: Convenience stores refusing to sell cigarettes would be big news. But CVS? Who buys cigarettes at CVS anyway?

I've seen it plenty of times, may just be my area, convenience stores are a whole mile down the road.

If you smoke Camels it's worth it isn't it?


lulz
 
2014-02-05 09:52:12 AM  

bikerbob59: Old News.  I saw it on the new NBC site.


Lol, you used NBC and news in what should be one sentence.
 
2014-02-05 09:52:41 AM  
And just heard on NPR that it will be a two billion dollar loss of revenue per year for CVS.
Tobacco products generates way too much money for stores and governments to ever go completely away.
I get my smokes at a smoke shop, $32 per carton, but then again I live in NC, the tobacco friendly state.
 
2014-02-05 09:52:48 AM  
No problem, they'll just go to the Walgreen's on the opposite corner.
 
2014-02-05 09:53:04 AM  
Ha ha dirty smokers will be up in arms.

/ And then gasping from the effort of raising their arms
 
2014-02-05 09:53:44 AM  
I'm sure they'll still continue to sell drugs for people with lung cancer at a huge markup though
 
2014-02-05 09:53:58 AM  

thornhill: FirstNationalBastard: ...meh?

Convenience stores refusing to sell cigarettes would be big news. But CVS? Who buys cigarettes at CVS anyway?

/now, CVS refusing to sell condoms, that would be newsworthy.

This looks to be the only article on the news that didn't report how CVS will be losing $2 billion in sales by dropping cigarettes.


but won't affect its earnings forecast.
 
2014-02-05 09:54:04 AM  

InterruptingQuirk: They don't want to sell tobacco products when they are a business that promotes health and healing.


Slippery slope reasoning.  As has been said, what about all the other unhealthy things you can buy there?

Someone at CVS did the math here and decided it would work out for them in the end.  Even if the impulse for the decision was good, the math won out at the end, I'm sure.
 
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