Smokers can get tobacco and menthol cigarettes at CVS; but not for long…
Here’s a juicy piece of news for you… On Wednesday, February 5th, 2014, CVS Caremark (CVS pharmacy) announced plans to phase out sales of tobacco products in all of their 7,600+ stores, country-wide, by October 1, 2014. It’s a good thing we prefer the flavor of Vapor Couture™ Arctic Mint to a menthol cigarette!
In an official press release, Larry J. Merlo, President and CEO of CVS Caremark, said,
“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. Put simply, the sale of tobacco products is inconsistent with our purpose.”
What does this mean for vapor cigarettes? We know that CVS doesn’t sell them, and their press release made no mention of future plans to carry e-cigarette merchandise.
After doing some digging, we found out that CVS is waiting for the FDA to release pending regulations before making a decision. No one knows what types of products will replace the displays of tobacco cigarettes and other smoking paraphernalia behind their counters. Is there a possibility that vapor cigarettes will find a home in those displays? Only time will tell…
After CVS made their announcement, our CEO, J. Andries Verleur shared his thoughts with the public, telling both Time and CBS,
“We applaud CVS for their bold and thoughtful decision to no longer sell traditional tobacco products, like combustible cigarettes. We believe in the mission to create a tobacco-free generation. With this in mind, we are also pleased that CVS will continue to emphasize the importance of alternatives to tobacco and hope that they will ultimately recognize the impact of electronic cigarettes, which do not contain tobacco, in this category.”
Do you have any predictions for the coming months? Is CVS making the right decision by phasing out tobacco and menthol cigarette sales?
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