CVS has ended cigarettes and other tobacco product sales one month early at more than 7,600 CVS/pharmacy stores. They announced earlier in the year they would be stopping these sales by October 1, 2014 and they have stopped this almost a month early. They will also be launching a smoking program to help people kick the habit with resources and services available at CVS/pharmacy and MinuteClinic locations nationwide.
This seems to be a step in the right direction for a company who is focusing on the health of their customers by not selling tobacco products. This is a huge loss of revenue to CVS/pharmacy stores but this aligns with the company purpose of helping customers on their path to better health. CVS/pharmacy is also changing the corporate identity to “CVS Health.” The retail store name of CVS/pharmacy will stay the same.
In addition, CVS/pharmacy is kicking off their One Good Reason movement at Bryant Park in New York City today. The campaign goal is to join together as a greater community with the greater goal of saying farewell to tobacco. Everyone has their reasons for living tobacco free and encouraging others – whether it is personal experience or someone we care about who has been affected by the harmful effects of tobacco usage. If you can’t make it to New York today, you can tweet, Facebook, instagram your encouragement to loved ones to kick the habit with hashtag #OneGoodReason.
I’ve never been addicted to tobacco problems but I have a lipbalm addiction that I never want to quit so I can somewhat sympathize with how it is to quit something you are highly addicted. Though mine isn’t harmful besides ruining clothing and making my face greasy as far as I know.