CVS decides purpose is greater than profit

By Alex Davis |

Published 02/05 2014 03:55PM

Updated 02/06 2014 09:46AM

SPRINGFIELD -- CVS is calling it quits on tobacco sales. Thousands of stores are pulling cigarettes and tobacco products from their retail shelves. The company plans to stop selling them October 1. WCIA-3's Alex Davis examines the company's new initiative.

A spokesperson for CVS says it wants to help their customers get on the path to better health.

"It's probably a good thing."

"I don't really care about it. I don't buy my cigarettes at CVS anyway."

Some non-smokers and smokers alike seem to think CVS Pharmacy's move to call it quits on tobacco sales, just makes sense.

"Not being able to buy cigarettes is a good idea."

Come this fall, tobacco users won't be able to buy their items at its stores. The pharmacy claims it's better to protect their customers' health.

"Yeah, it sends out a message that they want their customers to be healthy."

The CDC reports smoking is the leading, preventable cause of death in the U.S. killing more than 440,000 people each year. Life-long smoker, Thomas Leppert, wonders why CVS didn't make the call to drop tobacco until now.

"Well, I always thought it was hypocritical that drugstores sold cigarettes, because they're supposed to be in the health business, so I guess you could day they're putting their money where their mouth is."

CVS is the first national chain to decide to take tobacco products off its shelves saying it's time to get in line with the company's purpose.

"They're in the health business, you know, and they're selling stuff like cigarettes. I guess it's kind of hypocritical."

The ban will be in all 7,600 CVS stores in the country. CVS is expected to lose some $2-billion in sales each year because of the move.

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