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2014-02-06 08:12:57 AM  
That's a sexy Walgreen's sign.
 
2014-02-06 08:24:24 AM  
We've reached out to Walgreens' official PR team in the hopes of further explanation, because we're confused why the retailer would actively want to tell the world it has given some thought to - but has ultimately decided against - getting rid of a product that is known to cause cancer and numerous other ailments.

And of course obesity being the number one health problem in the U.S., they have to get rid of all those snack chips and sugared sodas. And don't even get me started on the alcohol related deaths they're contributing to. Walgreens should probably just go ahead and clear their shelves of every product shown to have a negative impact on public health.
 
2014-02-06 08:30:19 AM  

Sybarite: We've reached out to Walgreens' official PR team in the hopes of further explanation, because we're confused why the retailer would actively want to tell the world it has given some thought to - but has ultimately decided against - getting rid of a product that is known to cause cancer and numerous other ailments.

And of course obesity being the number one health problem in the U.S., they have to get rid of all those snack chips and sugared sodas. And don't even get me started on the alcohol related deaths they're contributing to. Walgreens should probably just go ahead and clear their shelves of every product shown to have a negative impact on public health.


Snack chips and such can be fine if you need the calories, sure there are better options, but they can be perfectly fine for you.  Cigarettes on the other hand are nothing but bad for you.  Go ahead and smoke if you want to, but don't pretend there is anything redeeming about it.
 
2014-02-06 08:50:42 AM  

EvilEgg: Sybarite: We've reached out to Walgreens' official PR team in the hopes of further explanation, because we're confused why the retailer would actively want to tell the world it has given some thought to - but has ultimately decided against - getting rid of a product that is known to cause cancer and numerous other ailments.

And of course obesity being the number one health problem in the U.S., they have to get rid of all those snack chips and sugared sodas. And don't even get me started on the alcohol related deaths they're contributing to. Walgreens should probably just go ahead and clear their shelves of every product shown to have a negative impact on public health.

Snack chips and such can be fine if you need the calories, sure there are better options, but they can be perfectly fine for you.  Cigarettes on the other hand are nothing but bad for you.  Go ahead and smoke if you want to, but don't pretend there is anything redeeming about it.


True, but they're also perfectly legal. Everyone knows they're bad for you, but if you enjoy them, knock yourself out.

Excessive alcohol, fat, sugar, salt, sexual partners, risky activities, etc are also bad for you.

You can try to live as healthily as you can in order to maximize your lifespan but always be wanting, give in to all of your indulgences and die early but satisfied, or try to find some balance between the two.
 
2014-02-06 09:00:47 AM  

TuteTibiImperes: EvilEgg: Sybarite: We've reached out to Walgreens' official PR team in the hopes of further explanation, because we're confused why the retailer would actively want to tell the world it has given some thought to - but has ultimately decided against - getting rid of a product that is known to cause cancer and numerous other ailments.

And of course obesity being the number one health problem in the U.S., they have to get rid of all those snack chips and sugared sodas. And don't even get me started on the alcohol related deaths they're contributing to. Walgreens should probably just go ahead and clear their shelves of every product shown to have a negative impact on public health.

Snack chips and such can be fine if you need the calories, sure there are better options, but they can be perfectly fine for you.  Cigarettes on the other hand are nothing but bad for you.  Go ahead and smoke if you want to, but don't pretend there is anything redeeming about it.

True, but they're also perfectly legal. Everyone knows they're bad for you, but if you enjoy them, knock yourself out.

Excessive alcohol, fat, sugar, salt, sexual partners, risky activities, etc are also bad for you.

You can try to live as healthily as you can in order to maximize your lifespan but always be wanting, give in to all of your indulgences and die early but satisfied, or try to find some balance between the two.



CVS is attempting to become something akin to a Walk-Clinic and Convenience store combined. So this is a brand positioning move, you would probably find it odd for your Doctor to sell you cigarettes.
 
2014-02-06 09:03:02 AM  
CVS is a private corporation declining to sell a legal product. I don't get the out rage over this. If you use to buy tobacco there, give someone else your business. If not than this doesn't affect you at all. The only people with a valid complaint here would be stock holders pissed about the decreased sales.

the people I really don't get are the 'oh great! I never go there but will start now!' People. It seems silly to me to go to a store because they don't sell a widely available legal product. Let's be honest here, cvsCVS is exactly saving lives. They are just losing a few customers.
 
2014-02-06 09:03:47 AM  

EvilEgg: TuteTibiImperes: EvilEgg: Sybarite: We've reached out to Walgreens' official PR team in the hopes of further explanation, because we're confused why the retailer would actively want to tell the world it has given some thought to - but has ultimately decided against - getting rid of a product that is known to cause cancer and numerous other ailments.

And of course obesity being the number one health problem in the U.S., they have to get rid of all those snack chips and sugared sodas. And don't even get me started on the alcohol related deaths they're contributing to. Walgreens should probably just go ahead and clear their shelves of every product shown to have a negative impact on public health.

Snack chips and such can be fine if you need the calories, sure there are better options, but they can be perfectly fine for you.  Cigarettes on the other hand are nothing but bad for you.  Go ahead and smoke if you want to, but don't pretend there is anything redeeming about it.

True, but they're also perfectly legal. Everyone knows they're bad for you, but if you enjoy them, knock yourself out.

Excessive alcohol, fat, sugar, salt, sexual partners, risky activities, etc are also bad for you.

You can try to live as healthily as you can in order to maximize your lifespan but always be wanting, give in to all of your indulgences and die early but satisfied, or try to find some balance between the two.


CVS is attempting to become something akin to a Walk-Clinic and Convenience store combined. So this is a brand positioning move, you would probably find it odd for your Doctor to sell you cigarettes.


Id find it odd for them to sell me malt liquor too
 
2014-02-06 09:09:17 AM  

NickelP: EvilEgg: TuteTibiImperes: EvilEgg: Sybarite: We've reached out to Walgreens' official PR team in the hopes of further explanation, because we're confused why the retailer would actively want to tell the world it has given some thought to - but has ultimately decided against - getting rid of a product that is known to cause cancer and numerous other ailments.

And of course obesity being the number one health problem in the U.S., they have to get rid of all those snack chips and sugared sodas. And don't even get me started on the alcohol related deaths they're contributing to. Walgreens should probably just go ahead and clear their shelves of every product shown to have a negative impact on public health.

Snack chips and such can be fine if you need the calories, sure there are better options, but they can be perfectly fine for you.  Cigarettes on the other hand are nothing but bad for you.  Go ahead and smoke if you want to, but don't pretend there is anything redeeming about it.

True, but they're also perfectly legal. Everyone knows they're bad for you, but if you enjoy them, knock yourself out.

Excessive alcohol, fat, sugar, salt, sexual partners, risky activities, etc are also bad for you.

You can try to live as healthily as you can in order to maximize your lifespan but always be wanting, give in to all of your indulgences and die early but satisfied, or try to find some balance between the two.


CVS is attempting to become something akin to a Walk-Clinic and Convenience store combined. So this is a brand positioning move, you would probably find it odd for your Doctor to sell you cigarettes.

Id find it odd for them to sell me malt liquor too


You make a fair point, but I'm not the CEO.
 
2014-02-06 09:11:58 AM  

Sybarite: We've reached out to Walgreens' official PR team in the hopes of further explanation, because we're confused why the retailer would actively want to tell the world it has given some thought to - but has ultimately decided against - getting rid of a product that is known to cause cancer and numerous other ailments.

And of course obesity being the number one health problem in the U.S., they have to get rid of all those snack chips and sugared sodas. And don't even get me started on the alcohol related deaths they're contributing to. Walgreens should probably just go ahead and clear their shelves of every product shown to have a negative impact on public health.


Don't forget all the drug related complications.
 
2014-02-06 09:31:09 AM  

EvilEgg: CVS is attempting to become something akin to a Walk-Clinic and Convenience store combined. So this is a brand positioning move, you would probably find it odd for your Doctor to sell you cigarettes.


Camel, the Cigarette preferred by Doctors.
 
2014-02-06 09:31:42 AM  

EvilEgg: Sybarite: We've reached out to Walgreens' official PR team in the hopes of further explanation, because we're confused why the retailer would actively want to tell the world it has given some thought to - but has ultimately decided against - getting rid of a product that is known to cause cancer and numerous other ailments.

And of course obesity being the number one health problem in the U.S., they have to get rid of all those snack chips and sugared sodas. And don't even get me started on the alcohol related deaths they're contributing to. Walgreens should probably just go ahead and clear their shelves of every product shown to have a negative impact on public health.

Snack chips and such can be fine if you need the calories, sure there are better options, but they can be perfectly fine for you.  Cigarettes on the other hand are nothing but bad for you.  Go ahead and smoke if you want to, but don't pretend there is anything redeeming about it.


It looks cool!
 
2014-02-06 09:31:43 AM  
I don't know anyone that buys their cigarettes from either of these pharmacies.  Because they cost to damned much, and it's just kinda weird.  It's like buying cigarettes at a chain grocery store.

Just go to a convenience store like a normal human being.
 
2014-02-06 09:32:49 AM  

sendtodave:  to damned much


Too damned much, too.
 
2014-02-06 09:32:59 AM  
So less homeless guys camped out by the front door of CVS begging for cigarettes or change to buy cigarettes? Sounds good to me.
 
2014-02-06 09:33:24 AM  
So you're not selling something that will possibly increase our possible customer base?  Don't mind if we do!
 
2014-02-06 09:34:13 AM  
Walgreens has a special right now on filling Chantix prescriptions ($40.00 off).  Dropping my script off today.

/so I'm getting a kick...
 
2014-02-06 09:36:20 AM  
I love that the bottle of Jack I use to wash down my depression meds can all be rung up in the same transaction. Thanks, Walgreens!
 
2014-02-06 09:37:48 AM  

Sybarite: And of course obesity being the number one health problem in the U.S., they have to get rid of all those snack chips and sugared sodas. And don't even get me started on the alcohol related deaths they're contributing to. Walgreens should probably just go ahead and clear their shelves of every product shown to have a negative impact on public health.


Yeah I agree with you.  This cigarette thing is just a PR move in an attempt to brand themselves as a good option for your health, even though they really aren't.  Kinda like how Subway has done.  Hey, go to Subway, that place is healthy, oh sweet Fritos Chicken Enchilada, delicious.  Should I get that or the double steak and cheese?
 
2014-02-06 09:39:18 AM  
The chain, which argues that banning tobacco sales would send smokers to outlets like liquor stores "that don't carry smoking cessation products and don't have pharmacists available for advice on quitting,"

I seriously doubt that a smoker has ever approached one of their pharmacists in this manner. But good on them for selling the disease and the cure under one roof. Capitalism can do no wrong.
 
2014-02-06 09:39:26 AM  
There's a Walgreens and a CVS across the street from each other about a mile from my house.  9 times out of 10, I go to the Walgreens. Why?  1 - Most of the time Walgreens is cheaper. 2 - Walgreens is a lot more likely to have the item I'm looking for. 3 - The CVS closes at 9pm.
 
2014-02-06 09:39:36 AM  

NickelP: CVS is a private corporation declining to sell a legal product. I don't get the out rage over this. If you use to buy tobacco there, give someone else your business. If not than this doesn't affect you at all. The only people with a valid complaint here would be stock holders pissed about the decreased sales.


In Worcester, the 2nd largest city in New Englan,  they passed a law stating that if you were a pharmacy you could not sell cigerettes/tobacco.   WTF?
 
2014-02-06 09:39:36 AM  
They keep saying $2 billion dollars in sales, but what's the profit margin on those tobacco sales? Also, what about the side sales in addition to tobacco? If you're stopping in for cigs might as well grab a soda because you're on the far side of town, far from your corner mart where you normally stop for cigs.
 
2014-02-06 09:39:43 AM  
I'm going to recycle my joke from the thread yesterday...

Smokers can get their cigs at Walgreens, but HIV patients prefer Rite Aids.

/try the veal
//isle seat
 
2014-02-06 09:39:50 AM  
No rage from me about CVS not selling tobacco products.

Still plenty of rage from me about the government telling private establishments that smoking isn't allowed on their premises.
 
2014-02-06 09:41:20 AM  
ONOZ I HAVE ENCOUNTERED A TINY IMPEDIMENT ON MY QUEST TO ROT TO DEATH FROM INSIDE!!!!one
 
2014-02-06 09:42:04 AM  
I think it's terrible how many choices people get to make.  We need to put a stop to that.
 
2014-02-06 09:42:54 AM  
how about we all just don't give a fark?
 
2014-02-06 09:43:10 AM  
CSB:

In the early 90s before CVS expanded, the ones in DC were called "Peoples Drug". I got my first job there. Store was closed before it was remodled because of "shrinkage"***


/***Employee theft
 
2014-02-06 09:43:49 AM  

wildcardjack: They keep saying $2 billion dollars in sales, but what's the profit margin on those tobacco sales? Also, what about the side sales in addition to tobacco? If you're stopping in for cigs might as well grab a soda because you're on the far side of town, far from your corner mart where you normally stop for cigs.


It's also that of the $2billion in sales $1.90billion is the cigarette taxes. And they have more paperwork to do for tobacco products than for other items in the store.
 
2014-02-06 09:44:23 AM  
fark Walgreen's. They hard sell the fark out of that god damn card, and then they hard sell they dumb shiat at the counter.
 
2014-02-06 09:44:32 AM  

Sybarite: And don't even get me started on the alcohol related deaths they're contributing to. Walgreens should probably just go ahead and clear their shelves of every product shown to have a negative impact on public health.


Until May 2011, Walgreens similarly refused selling alcohol.
 
2014-02-06 09:46:06 AM  

TuteTibiImperes: EvilEgg: Sybarite: We've reached out to Walgreens' official PR team in the hopes of further explanation, because we're confused why the retailer would actively want to tell the world it has given some thought to - but has ultimately decided against - getting rid of a product that is known to cause cancer and numerous other ailments.

And of course obesity being the number one health problem in the U.S., they have to get rid of all those snack chips and sugared sodas. And don't even get me started on the alcohol related deaths they're contributing to. Walgreens should probably just go ahead and clear their shelves of every product shown to have a negative impact on public health.

Snack chips and such can be fine if you need the calories, sure there are better options, but they can be perfectly fine for you.  Cigarettes on the other hand are nothing but bad for you.  Go ahead and smoke if you want to, but don't pretend there is anything redeeming about it.

True, but they're also perfectly legal. Everyone knows they're bad for you, but if you enjoy them, knock yourself out.

Excessive alcohol, fat, sugar, salt, sexual partners, risky activities, etc are also bad for you.

You can try to live as healthily as you can in order to maximize your lifespan but always be wanting, give in to all of your indulgences and die early but satisfied, or try to find some balance between the two.


I don't often agree with you, but I do on this.

I get at most 90 years on this planet. I'd rather enjoy the time I have rather than spend it filled with wanting and self-loathing.

After all, there's no god, no after-life, and this is it. Might as well enjoy this place as much as possible.
 
2014-02-06 09:47:03 AM  

wildcardjack: They keep saying $2 billion dollars in sales, but what's the profit margin on those tobacco sales? Also, what about the side sales in addition to tobacco? If you're stopping in for cigs might as well grab a soda because you're on the far side of town, far from your corner mart where you normally stop for cigs.


That is figured in to the total, it was reported on last night'a MBC Nightly News. The cgi sales are like $1.6 billion and then with the incidental sales it bears closer to $2billion
 
2014-02-06 09:47:09 AM  

Phineas: No rage from me about CVS not selling tobacco products.

Still plenty of rage from me about the government telling private establishments that smoking isn't allowed on their premises.


How much does the asbestos ban grind your gears?
 
2014-02-06 09:48:22 AM  
I buy my cigarettes at Walgreen's sometimes. At the end of the transaction, the cashier always says "Stay Well!" or whatever their new slogan is ... and I always think, "if you really meant that, you wouldn't be selling me cigs..."
 
2014-02-06 09:48:24 AM  
I bought smokes at a Walgreens a couple of weeks ago. When the transaction was finished the clerk said the typical "Be Well!".

I found that odd.
 
2014-02-06 09:48:28 AM  
Fun fact: the Walgreens and CVSes in New Jersey already don't sell alcohol.
 
2014-02-06 09:49:39 AM  

Danger Mouse: NickelP: CVS is a private corporation declining to sell a legal product. I don't get the out rage over this. If you use to buy tobacco there, give someone else your business. If not than this doesn't affect you at all. The only people with a valid complaint here would be stock holders pissed about the decreased sales.

In Worcester, the 2nd largest city in New Englan,  they passed a law stating that if you were a pharmacy you could not sell cigerettes/tobacco.   WTF?


Well duh it's a pharmacy not a harmacy.

/smoker
/like it but really need go go buy some gum. Maybe at Walgreens.
 
2014-02-06 09:51:54 AM  

The Muthaship: I think it's terrible how many choices people get to make.  We need to put a stop to that.


Like the choice not to sell something?
 
2014-02-06 09:52:07 AM  

Current Resident: I bought smokes at a Walgreens a couple of weeks ago. When the transaction was finished the clerk said the typical "Be Well!".

I found that odd.


Two seconds off from a simulpost .... high five!
 
2014-02-06 09:52:08 AM  

Current Resident: I bought smokes at a Walgreens a couple of weeks ago. When the transaction was finished the clerk said the typical "Be Well!".

I found that odd.


At Rite-Aid you can buy smokes and use your "wellness card".  Also quite odd.

/tobacco free for 8 years save for the occasional cigar
 
2014-02-06 09:52:09 AM  
Walgreens came to prominence as a place to buy prescription whiskey during prohibition, so this is right on par for their business model.
 
2014-02-06 09:54:40 AM  
I liked how Hannity was spinning this on his show yesterday. Basically the argument went like this, by deciding to not sell cigarette, CVS is making a decision based on moral. And Obama praised that. But when companies want to show moral and not cover contraceptives for employees Obama has a problem with that. So, Obama is showing double standard.

I don't listen to Fox often at all, but my question is, is his viewers actually that stupid to buy into arguments like that?
 
2014-02-06 09:54:42 AM  

genner: The Muthaship: I think it's terrible how many choices people get to make.  We need to put a stop to that.

Like the choice not to sell something?


I'm all for that, but there is quite the nanny current flowing through this thread.
 
2014-02-06 09:54:49 AM  
It's good to see a pharmacy chain like Walgreens fulfilling its moral and ethical duty by selling products which cause serious life threatening illnesses. And homeopathic "cures" which do nothing. And a range of alt health pills which also do nothing, or may cause harm. Good job Walgreens.
 
2014-02-06 09:54:49 AM  
I stopped going to CVS when someone pointed out their extensive homeopathic section to me.  Since then I've also noticed the woo in Walgreens but not as much as CVS.

/every time you light up a cigarette a tobacco company executive gets a bj
 
2014-02-06 09:55:18 AM  

styckx: fark Walgreen's. They hard sell the fark out of that god damn card, and then they hard sell they dumb shiat at the counter.


My Walgreen's doesn't, so sorry the one you go to sucks.  But are you really too intimidated to say "no thank you" and go about your day?
 
2014-02-06 09:57:12 AM  

paswa17: Sybarite: And don't even get me started on the alcohol related deaths they're contributing to. Walgreens should probably just go ahead and clear their shelves of every product shown to have a negative impact on public health.

Until May 2011, Walgreens similarly refused selling alcohol.


And now they have their own beer.
 
2014-02-06 09:57:23 AM  
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2014-02-06 10:00:10 AM  

RottNDude: /smoker
/like it but really need go go buy some gum. Maybe at Walgreens.


Used gum to quite a year and a half ago.  Go to Walmart.  Their house generic is 50% less than what is offered at Walgreens or CVS.  It dont tastes as good but gum gets expensive.
 
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