CVS announces they will no longer sell cigarettes.

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

Sounds good.  There was something a while ago here that pharmacies couldn’t sell cigarettes.  Not sure if it stuck or not.  Possibly, I don’t remember seeing cigarettes the last time I was at a grocery stores customer service desk.

I wish pharmacies would stop with the fragrances or at least stick them in a back corner.  I actually go through the exit only door at my pharmacy now, as the entrance goes through the fragrance section.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee

I always thought it was strange to see cigarettes being sold at a pharmacy.  If CVS wants to stop tobacco sales and promote healthier products in their place, more power to them.  

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@cls9q:  Good idea! It’s a pharmacy, where you promote good health, not cancer. I worked in the Pharmacy at CVS for 6 years, and it’s the first time i’m pleased with something they’ve done. 

Next is for them to limit the use of the pharmacy drive-thru to only allow parents with small children and disabled people, and remind people that medication distribution isn’t fast food… off topic but had to throw it out there lol. 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I think it’s fantastic. It’ll probably cut profits down since cigarettes are so freaking expensive but I think they’re really do a great thing.

@MizzStark1026:  Psh. Sometimes it’s f’n cold outside and all I want to do is get my meds in the drive-thru and go home. Lol.

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

@MizzStark1026:  We don’t have many of those here, I wish we did!  I think it’s only a few Walmarts that offer it.  I think it should be promoted.  If someone is sick, they are less likely to spread their germs if they are in the car.  Various environmental/weather conditions can also create flareups of health conditions whether or not someone is officially disabled.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I smoke and I think this is a Great idea. I’m not sure why cigarettes would be sold in pharmacies anyways? They haven’t been sold in pharmacies or grocery stores here in Canada for a long time.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

My MIL is going to throw a shit fit when she finds out about this! CVS is her designated place to buy smokes. Oh well, the less convenient is gets for people to smoke the more likely they are to quit. Not a bad thing imo.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I’ve always found it a very strange concept that cigarettes would be sold at pharmacies. That’s probably the last product you would ever find in an Aussie pharmacy. When I went to USA I was shocked they sold cigarettes there! What? lol 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@LiliKitty: @AB Bride: Eh, i’m from Florida so it was never cold lol. Oh yeah, if you’re super sick, obvi it’s better than coming in. I didn’t want to get sick either!! It was for the birth controls/antianxiety/refills of things you already have in your house/milk/stamps/cigarettes… people would wait in the drive thru so we could “rush it” for them. Or give us their new insurance cards and wait for reprocessing when there was a line behind them. No more service jobs for me! It was a great job while I went to college though! 

 

Post # 12
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

@AB Bride:  pharmacies in Canada haven’t been allowed to sell cigarettes for quite some time (at least back as far as 2002 when I worked at Shoppers Drug Mart)

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I guess it’s up to the business.  I doubt it will do anything to curb smoking though…seriously.  Walgreens is usually across the street.

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Aquaria:  My thoughts exactly! CVS not selling cigarettes won’t change smoking rates, BUT if all pharmacies stop selling them and there’s nowhere you’re allowed to smoke and they get more and more expensive, it will deter some people. More importantly, if kids don’t see packs of cigarettes everywhere or people smoking in restaurants, etc., they’re less likely to think it’s cool. It’s a slow, ongoing process, but I think anything we can do to make smoking less appealing and more taboo is good news!

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Good for them!

Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I heard this on the radio and thought, “Wow, this is completely awesome!”  If someone wants to smoke, that’s completely fine, but it only makes sense that a place that provides health improving products should not advocate an unhealthy habit.   CVS taking a stand at the risk of losing revenue leaves a very strong message.  I have to wonder, though, to be consistent with their message, should they stop selling snack foods such as chips and candy?   

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