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totally TOBsmacked [ astonished ]?!....CVS [ the drugstore chain ] making some changes....
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: September 03, 2014 12:25PM
.....changing name to CVS Health and will no longer sell TOBacco....and offer ways to help stop smoking....


CVS stops selling tobacco, offers quit-smoking programs

....CVS Caremark plans to stop selling tobacco products in all of its stores starting Wednesday — a move health experts hope will be followed by other major drugstore chains.

CVS announced in February that it planned to drop tobacco by Oct. 1 as the sales conflicted with its health care mission. To bolster its image as a health care company, CVS will announce a corporate name change to CVS Health. Retail stores will still be called CVS/Pharmacy.

CVS, which has 7,700 retail locations, is the second-largest drugstore chain in the USA, behind Walgreens. It manages the pharmacy benefits for 65 million members and has 900 walk-in medical clinics.

The American Pharmacists Association called on drugstores to stop selling tobacco in March 2010 and several small, independent chains have done so, APA spokeswoman Michelle Spinnler says. CVS is the first large chain to stop tobacco sales.

"CVS' announcement to stop selling tobacco products fully a month early sends a resounding message to the entire retail industry and to its customers that pharmacies should not be in the business of selling tobacco," said Matthew Myers, president of the Washington-based Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. "This is truly an example of a corporation leading and setting a new standard."

CVS is also launching a smoking-cessation campaign that will include an assessment of the smoker's "readiness to quit," education, medication support to help curb the desire to use tobacco and coaching to help people stay motivated and avoid relapses.

CVS says research shows its decision will have a big impact. A study the company is releasing Wednesday in the journal Health Affairs shows bans at pharmacies in Boston and San Francisco led to more than 13% fewer purchasers. Smokers didn't just switch where they bought cigarettes and other tobacco products, some stopped buying them altogether. About 900 households in the two cities recorded everything they bought after the bans went into effect.

Troyen Brennan, CVS' chief medical officer, says if the results were extrapolated for pharmacies across the USA, it would lead to 65,000 fewer deaths a year.

Ellen Hahn of the Tobacco Policy Research Program at the University of Kentucky says one chain not selling tobacco will have a limited effect, and other tobacco control strategies, such as price and tax increases and smoking bans, have been shown to be more effective.

Still, she said, "every little bit helps because they are such a large chain. If every pharmacy would follow suit, that would be best. But this sends a clear message that pharmacies should not be selling tobacco."....



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Re: totally TOBsmacked?!....CVS [ the drugstore chain ] making some changes....
Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: September 03, 2014 12:30PM
They announced that a few months ago, didn't they? The CEO realized that they were selling the disease, and the treatments for it and felt that was dishonest and not proper.



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Re: totally TOBsmacked [ astonished ]?!....CVS [ the drugstore chain ] making some changes....
Posted by: freeradical
Date: September 03, 2014 12:32PM
CVS killed off a University Art store here in the Sacramento area...
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Re: totally TOBsmacked [ astonished ]?!....CVS [ the drugstore chain ] making some changes....
Posted by: troywellbuilt
Date: September 03, 2014 12:55PM
Half of their inventory is candy and other junk food.
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Re: totally TOBsmacked [ astonished ]?!....CVS [ the drugstore chain ] making some changes....
Posted by: vision63
Date: September 03, 2014 01:07PM
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troywellbuilt
Half of their inventory is candy and other junk food.

There's no moderate amount of tobacco.

Nothing wrong with junk food, unless you eat too much of it. You can kill yourself by drinking too much water ("how'd he die?" "water intoxication").
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Re: totally TOBsmacked [ astonished ]?!....CVS [ the drugstore chain ] making some changes....
Posted by: Jack D.
Date: September 03, 2014 01:09PM
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troywellbuilt
Half of their inventory is candy and other junk food.

Yeah, but that's not like tabacky, it's....healthy. popcorn smiley



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Re: totally TOBsmacked [ astonished ]?!....CVS [ the drugstore chain ] making some changes....
Posted by: billb
Date: September 03, 2014 01:10PM
they'll have to tax high fructose corn sugar to compensate for the loss of revenue

It'll be a temporary tax, just a nearly insignificant 2%



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Re: totally TOBsmacked [ astonished ]?!....CVS [ the drugstore chain ] making some changes....
Posted by: jdc
Date: September 03, 2014 01:24PM
Target stopped like 20+ years ago?



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Re: totally TOBsmacked [ astonished ]?!....CVS [ the drugstore chain ] making some changes....
Posted by: rz
Date: September 03, 2014 01:34PM
I'd like to think that, before the end of my life, this country will wise up and ban tobacco sales entirely. Not likely, but I can hope...
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Re: totally TOBsmacked [ astonished ]?!....CVS [ the drugstore chain ] making some changes....
Posted by: freeradical
Date: September 03, 2014 01:35PM
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rz
I'd like to think that, before the end of my life, this country will wise up and ban tobacco sales entirely. Not likely, but I can hope...

Make it a schedule 1 drug?
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Re: totally TOBsmacked [ astonished ]?!....CVS [ the drugstore chain ] making some changes....
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: September 03, 2014 01:38PM
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rz
I'd like to think that, before the end of my life, this country will wise up and ban tobacco sales entirely. Not likely, but I can hope...

Make it a schedule 1 drug?

Yeah... no one uses those...



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Re: totally TOBsmacked [ astonished ]?!....CVS [ the drugstore chain ] making some changes....
Posted by: (vikm)
Date: September 03, 2014 02:03PM
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rz
I'd like to think that, before the end of my life, this country will wise up and ban tobacco sales entirely. Not likely, but I can hope...

As long as there are people, there will be stupid people. So, there is pretty much no chance this will happen.



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Re: totally TOBsmacked [ astonished ]?!....CVS [ the drugstore chain ] making some changes....
Posted by: graylocks
Date: September 03, 2014 02:12PM
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(vikm)


As long as there are peopleis a tobacco industry and lobby, there will be stupid people tobacco. So, there is pretty much no chance this will happen.

fixed that for ya!



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Re: totally TOBsmacked [ astonished ]?!....CVS [ the drugstore chain ] making some changes....
Posted by: vision63
Date: September 03, 2014 02:49PM
Banning tobacco sales would mean selling tobacco would become a mob/gangster thing.
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Re: totally TOBsmacked [ astonished ]?!....CVS [ the drugstore chain ] making some changes....
Posted by: Speedy
Date: September 03, 2014 08:52PM
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vision63
Banning tobacco sales would mean selling tobacco would become a mob/gangster thing.

Like pot. Which is now going straight.



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Re: totally TOBsmacked [ astonished ]?!....CVS [ the drugstore chain ] making some changes....
Posted by: Racer X
Date: September 04, 2014 01:26AM
Tobacco is worth way too much money to the government in the form of taxes. If they wanted to stop drunk driving, they could knock it down by well over 90%, but it would cut into taxes, and the municipal legal and law enforcement's income.
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Re: totally TOBsmacked [ astonished ]?!....CVS [ the drugstore chain ] making some changes....
Posted by: Rolando
Date: September 05, 2014 04:08PM
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he United States totaled $1.5 billion from 1995-2012.



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Re: totally TOBsmacked [ astonished ]?!....CVS [ the drugstore chain ] making some changes....
Posted by: freeradical
Date: September 08, 2014 10:24AM
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Rolando
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he United States totaled $1.5 billion from 1995-2012.

It's interesting that they started back up in 2008...
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