CVS changes name, stops selling tobacco products sooner than planned

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Submitted: Wed, 09/03/2014 - 12:25pm
Updated: Wed, 09/03/2014 - 11:13pm

WILMINGTON, NC (AP) — As CVS sharpens its focus on customer health, the nation’s second-largest drugstore chain will tweak its corporate name and stop the sale of tobacco nearly a month sooner than planned.

CVS Caremark will now be known as CVS Health. The signs on its roughly 7,700 drugstores won’t change, so the tweak may not register with shoppers.

However, those customers will see a big change when they check out. The cigars and cigarettes that used to fill the shelves behind store cash registers have been replaced with nicotine gum and other products that help people kick the tobacco habit. CVS said earlier this year that it would stop selling tobacco products on Oct. 1.

CVS and other drugstores have delved deeper into customer health care in recent years.


  • SS says:

    That is great but it’s more political correct BS – like the gender neutral bathrooms at cfcc, all PC Bull $hit!!!

  • Guest6858 says:

    That’s okay. Someone else will get that lucrative part of the business.

  • Timekeeper says:

    I say CVS is to be commended on their decision. I hope all other drug stores will do the same. I was disappointed that Dollar General began selling tobacco products a while back, but I guess whatever it takes to make a buck. However, I feel it somewhat tarnished their image.

  • beach guy says:

    A: You live in a state built on tobacco
    B: I guess the ABC store is a blight as well
    C: How exactly do you tarnish the image of dollar general?
    You keep on shopping at CVS Time Keeper their prices will go up to make up the 2 billion in sales lost
    If I were a stockholder in this firm I would be selling my stock

  • Heimie Schmelter says:

    Your post takes the cake for idiocy today! NONE of the products you mention causes Lung disease, cancer and Heart disease! Anything used in EXCESS will induce problems. NONE of the products you mention are dangerous if used in moderation including Alcohol!

    In this day and age, with all of the proven research that shows the damage tobacco causes, it takes nothing less than a blooming idiot to stand around and purposely inhale burned carcinogens into one’s lungs!

    My best guess is that you fit into that category by displaying your somewhat retarded thought process.

  • ireckon says:

    Will pepsie,coke,candy,cheese doodles,chips,crackers,cookies,moon pies etc. be next? Is anything safe anymore? Why heck yea! Nary ever a mention about beer,liquor and wine! Talk about pick and choose. Alcohol is not a health and safety hazard? Unbeievable hypocrisy!

  • suspicious 1 says:

    True, NC was very dependent on tobacco farming at one time. I don’t think this is the case anymore, as folks are seeing tobacco for what it is, a deadly weed. I suppose the lesser educated will continue to use it in some form, even with the overwhelming evidence of what it does to the human body. Someone mentioned about beer, wine, and fattening snacks. These things, used in moderation, will not do any harm. There is NO safe level of tobacco. It just seems ironic that a merchant, whose business it is to help people get well would sell something that will kill them even in small amounts. I suppose you feel it would be fine to have cigarette machines in cancer hospitals?

  • beach guy says:

    Do you really think that CVS wants you to be healthy? or any drug seller, manufacturer for that matter?
    If everyone was healthy they would be a newspaper stand that sells gum!

  • Customer says:

    Please tell me that the employee’s will not be allowed to stand by the front door while lighting up. This seems to be the newest employee smoke break location…CVS, Cracker Barrel, Harris Teeter, Food Lion…just to make a few. Nasty!!

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  • Tony says:

    Great decision! Thank you CVS :)

  • Burgerboy says:

    I personally detest smoking but i am a Copenhagen maniac and hereby boycott CVS and there affiliates from shopping there b/c there’s nothing wrong with a lil pinch of baccker smack.

  • PBRonIce says:

    Surely you realize that cheese doodles, cookies, etc. are linked to heart disease, diabetes, and a myriad of other health conditions. Taking these things into account, it seems you’d have to be a “blooming idiot” to purposely ingest such unhealthy things. However, I don’t really care what you do, assuming you’re an adult capable of making decisions for yourself.

  • ireckon says:

    Well Hiny, you miss the point! Its not about what products are involved! Its about personal rights stupid!!

  • guest111 says:

    Let’s say your neighbor had a bit too much to drink and drove home. . hitting your family head on in a car accident, killing all involved. Happens every day all over this nation. What then? Drinking still okay? Do you know anything about liver disease? You seem to know about lung cancer. Did you know drinking alcohol has major affects on your brain? Did you know alcohol can cause ulcers in the stomach and esophagus? And Cancer? Talk about one sided. I would rather be by a smoker than a loud mouth, sloppy drunk.

  • gurst22 says:

    Sick and tired of sign carrying protesters, let’s fix the world the way I want it, do gooders.

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