CVS makes pro-health decision: Decides to stop selling tobacco
See "CVS to End Tobacco Sales in October" from Convenience Store News and "CVS Caremark, No. 2 drugstore chain, will end all tobacco sales" from the Los Angeles Times. From the LAT:
The move, which the company announced Wednesday, comes after years of pressure from public health advocates and medical providers, who have urged retailers to make tobacco products and advertising less available, particularly to children and teenagers.
It also marks a major turn for one of the country’s biggest healthcare companies, which said it is giving up about $2 billion in annual sales, or about 1.6% of the company’s 2012 revenues.
This is a big deal. I was just thinking about this kind of stuff the other day. Almost 20 years I got into an "argument" with someone I used to work with at CSPI, about the failure of Dr. Everett Koop's health videos to sell at pharmacies. He said "the problem is that there is too much Koop in the videos." I said "no, the issue is that pharmacies don't market and sell health and wellness, they sell products."
Selling tobacco is a perfect example of that. And now pharmacies are working to become marketing touchpoints for health and wellness, including clinics in some of their stores, offering flu vaccines, etc.
CVS deserves commendations for this step.
2. I have been struck by the decline in incidents of smoking in public space, although it still happens. I hate when pedestrians on the Metropolitan Branch Trail smoke when I am biking there.
And despite all the accolades former mayor Michael Bloomberg gives himself for promoting anti-tobacco initiatives in New York City ("Bloomberg's Public Health Legacy Lauded," Associated Press), I am always amazed when I am in Manhattan at the prevalence of smoking in public places there, especially on the sidewalks (not so much in parks). I hate it. I hate walking through clouds of cigarette smoke.
I love those places that ban smoking at transit stops (although it isn't really enforced), etc.
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