CVS Dumps Tobacco – But What about Ecigarettes?
Date Posted: February 7, 2014
Another tobacco controversy rears its ugly head… On Wednesday, February 5th, CVS Caremark (CVS pharmacy) announced plans to phase out sales of tobacco products in all of their 7,600+ stores, country-wide, by October 1, 2014.
In an official press release published on Wednesday, Larry J. Merlo, President and CEO of CVS Caremark, said:
“Ending the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products at CVS/pharmacy is the right thing for us to do for our customers and our company to help people on their path to better health. Put simply, the sale of tobacco products is inconsistent with our purpose.”
OK, but what does this mean for ecigarettes? We know that CVS doesn’t sell them, and the press release made no mention of future plans to carry electric cigarette merchandise.
Apparently, CVS is waiting for the FDA to release their pending regulations before making a decision about whether or not to offer electronic cigarette products for sale. No one knows what types of products will replace the wall of tobacco cigarettes and other smoking paraphernalia behind their counters – but, there may be a possibility that ecigarettes will take up some of that space…
Our CEO, Andries Verleur gave the media his two cents yesterday, telling both Time and CBS:
“We applaud CVS for their bold and thoughtful decision to no longer sell traditional tobacco products, like combustible cigarettes. We believe in the mission to create a tobacco-free generation. With this in mind, we are also pleased that CVS will continue to emphasize the importance of alternatives to tobacco and hope that they will ultimately recognize the impact of electronic cigarettes, which do not contain tobacco, in this category.”
Well said, Andries…
Do you think CVS made the right decision? Any thoughts about what will happen in the coming months? We’d love to hear from you; just share in the comment section!