Major Changes Coming to CVS Starting in October

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CVS announced today that it will stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products at its more than 7,600 CVS/pharmacy stores across the U.S. by October 1, 2014.

CVS Vanilla Reload

“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,” said Larry J. Merlo, President and CEO, CVS Caremark. “Put simply, the sale of tobacco products is inconsistent with our purpose.”

I’m hoping CVS doesn’t decide to stop selling reloadable cards such as Vanilla Reloads.

What are your thoughts on this decision from CVS? Do you think other major drugstores will follow?

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  1. For us Vanilla fans out here, the headline for this story is enough to make to make the heart skip a beat!!

  2. A bit sensationalist to think removing cigarettes will mean changes to VR cards…

    I think its a great idea. It was inconsistent for CVS to be about “healthy lifestyle” and drugs and all while selling cancer causing cigarettes.

  3. good on them, now if the government was not getting a cut of the profits in the form of taxes ( and under the table payments) we might see something really done about the problem.

  4. after losing the cig tax they can raise the tax on milk, heck prices for everything has gone up the past 5 yrs.

  5. It’s about time. I’m tired of paying medicare taxes to treat those old people who get heart & lung disease due to their “freedom” to smoke. I’d like the “freedom” to opt out of having medicare withheld from my meager paycheck.

  6. Some have speculated it is tied to a move away from cashiers. If so, that could impact VR purchases.

  7. I was at CVS this morning and my friendly cashier told me she hadn’t heard about the no cigarette move yet. She said booze will probably be the next thing to go. I said as long a they keep the gift card rack, I’ll keep coming back.

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