LOWELL, MA – CVS, the world’s largest drugstore chain, is trying to help you break the habit.
In its goal to become more of a health care provider, CVS plans to eliminate all tobacco products from their shelves by October of this year.
CVS is geared to take a $2 billion hit without tobacco sales.
It seems obvious that CVS will lose customers that frequent the store for their cigarettes, but it begs the question: will CVS gain customers who have taken a strong anti-smoking stance?
History has shown us that raising the price of tobacco didn’t stop a lot of people from smoking, and eliminating it from one chain store won’t either. But if the trend continues and cigarettes are harder to find, it might cause a decrease in smoking.
In the meantime, while CVS is getting rid of unhealthy products, why don’t they get rid of the sodas and candy too?