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CVS To Stop Selling Tobacco Products At Its 7600 Stores

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Because Americans obviously can not be trusted with making the right, or any, decisions, without parental supervision, the CVS Caremark pharmacy chain has decided to do it for them. "CVS Caremark announced today that it will stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products at its more than 7,600 CVS/pharmacy stores across the U.S. by October 1, 2014, making CVS/pharmacy the first national pharmacy chain to take this step in support of the health and well-being of its patients and customers. "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," said Larry J. Merlo, President and CEO, CVS Caremark. "Put simply, the sale of tobacco products is inconsistent with our purpose."

Well, unless all other major retail chains decide to pull the Bloomberg stunt and follow suit, that only means more money for CVS' competitors. And now we begin the countdown of how long before CVS also pulls all the other "evil", cheap high-calorie, zero nutrient junk foods that dominate its shelves and whose consumption is responsible for the bulk of cardiovascular diseases and premature deaths in the US.

From the press release:

CVS Caremark (NYSE: CVS) announced today that it will stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products at its more than 7,600 CVS/pharmacy stores across the U.S. by October 1, 2014, making CVS/pharmacy the first national pharmacy chain to take this step in support of the health and well-being of its patients and customers.

"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," said Larry J. Merlo, President and CEO, CVS Caremark. "Put simply, the sale of tobacco products is inconsistent with our purpose."

Merlo continued, "As the delivery of health care evolves with an emphasis on better health outcomes, reducing chronic disease and controlling costs, CVS Caremark is playing an expanded role in providing care through our pharmacists and nurse practitioners. The significant action we're taking today by removing tobacco products from our retail shelves further distinguishes us in how we are serving our patients, clients and health care providers and better positions us for continued growth in the evolving health care marketplace."

Smoking is the leading cause of premature disease and death in the United States with more than 480,000 deaths annually. While the prevalence of cigarette smoking has decreased from approximately 42 percent of adults in 1965 to 18 percent today, the rate of reduction in smoking prevalence has stalled in the past decade. More interventions, such as reducing the availability of cigarettes, are needed.

"CVS Caremark is continually looking for ways to promote health and reduce the burden of disease," said CVS Caremark Chief Medical Officer Troyen A. Brennan, M.D., M.P.H. "Stopping the sale of cigarettes and tobacco will make a significant difference in reducing the chronic illnesses associated with tobacco use."

In a Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Viewpoint published online this morning, Brennan and co-author Steven A. Schroeder, Director, Smoking Cessation Leadership Center, University of California, San Francisco, wrote, "The paradox of cigarette sales in pharmacies has become even more relevant recently, in large part because of changes in the pharmacy industryMost pharmacy chains are retooling themselves as an integral part of the health care system. They are offering more counseling by pharmacists, an array of wellness products and outreach to clinicians and health care centers.Perhaps more important, pharmacies are moving into the treatment arena, with the advent of retail health clinics. These retail clinics, originally designed to address common acute infections, are gearing up to work with primary care clinicians to assist in treating hypertension, hyperlipidemia and diabetes all conditions exacerbated by smoking."

CVS Caremark's decision to stop selling tobacco products is consistent with the positions taken by the American Medical Association, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, American Lung Association and American Pharmacists Association that have all publicly opposed tobacco sales in retail outlets with pharmacies.

"As a leader of the health care community focused on improving health outcomes, we are pledging to help millions of Americans quit smoking," said Merlo. "In addition to removing cigarettes and tobacco products for sale, we will undertake a robust national smoking cessation program."

The program, to be launched this Spring, is expected to include information and treatment on smoking cessation at CVS/pharmacy and MinuteClinic along with online resources. The program will be available broadly across all CVS/pharmacy and MinuteClinic locations and will offer additional comprehensive programs for CVS Caremark pharmacy benefit management plan members to help them to quit smoking. Approximately seven in ten smokers say they want to quit and about half attempt to quit each year.

"Every day, all across the country, customers and patients place their trust in our 26,000 pharmacists and nurse practitioners to serve their health care needs," commented Helena B. Foulkes, President, CVS/pharmacy. "Removing tobacco products from our stores is an important step in helping Americans to quit smoking and get healthy."

The decision to exit the tobacco category does not affect the company's 2014 segment operating profit guidance, 2014 EPS guidance, or the company's five-year financial projections provided at its December 18th Analyst Day.The company estimates that it will lose approximately $2 billion in revenues on an annual basis from the tobacco shopper, equating to approximately 17 cents per share. Given the anticipated timing for implementation of this change, the impact to 2014 earnings per share is expected to be in the range of 6 to 9 cents per share. The company has identified incremental opportunities that are expected to offset the profitability impact. This decision more closely aligns the company with its patients, clients and health care providers to improve health outcomes while controlling costs and positions the company for continued growth.


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Wed, 02/05/2014 - 08:33 | 4403259 SafelyGraze
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and gas stations around the country will now stop selling lottery tickets

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 08:42 | 4403277 negative rates
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Once that new health care legislation paid the bills, we don't need no stinkin cig hypocrisy here. But they could'nt hit the sweet home run and ban the candy. We call this selective legislative insanity.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 09:01 | 4403323 Say What Again
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Sorry folks, but I see no problem with a retailer deciding they don't want to carry a given product.  The government is NOT forcing CVS to stop selling cigarettes. They are making a business decision.  So be it. 

If you don't like the decision, YOU can go to a different store.

If we want government out of our business, then we need to accept basic decisions made by businesses.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 09:03 | 4403334 Zero Point
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Sheeit Jules. I say it another way and I get shit on.

I think the irony button is broken on my keyboard.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 09:15 | 4403379 Say What Again
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You know what they say.  Its all in the delivery.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 09:28 | 4403435 onewayticket2
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You think the government is not forcing their hand??  c'mon.  one of their most profitable products?   where is the pressure coming from, do you suppose, if not from federal officials (and their pals at the IRS)

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 09:34 | 4403459 jbvtme
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what will become of the gene pool?

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 09:39 | 4403485 Say What Again
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cigarettes are a low margin product for most retailers.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 09:48 | 4403531 eclectic syncretist
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If they really gave a damn about their customer's health they'd stop selling soda's, junk food, energy drinks, and alcoholic beverages.  Anyway, they're probably just going to start selling the shit out of electronic cigarettes.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 10:10 | 4403615 onewayticket2
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but cigarettes require little shelf space/$, little manpower for merchandising and GET PEOPLE IN THE DOOR where they buy other products. 

you dont think the govt was behind the ban on soda in NYC? you think retailers - out of the goodness of their hearts - banned 16 oz soda?  (im no fan of either product, btw, but this is not a free market decision)

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 11:27 | 4403917 TruthInSunshine
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In other news, unless CVS Caremark (NYSE: CVS) JUST DISCOVERED THAT SMOKING CAUSES SERIOUS DISEASE, they have just officially admitted that they have been actively killing their customers for profit by selling them tobacco products for the last 20some years.

p.s. - When will CVS Pharmacy quit selling products containing sugar, transfats, nitrates, salt, artificial flavoring, artificial coloring, alcohol, the 90%+ of prescription medications that are far more harmful then helpful (if they have any beneficial, actual effect in the 1st place), GMO containing products, caffeine containing products, any products containing any chemicals or substances that are known or suspected carcinogens, etc?

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 11:40 | 4404013 localsavage
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When do they quit selling the drugs that all of the mass killers are on?

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 12:10 | 4404174 AllThatGlitters
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Say What Again - Yes, cigarrettes may be a low margin product.

I bet that the Nicorrette Gum, Patches and Lozenges CVS sells and will continue to sell are a very High Margin product. Funny thing is that these Pharmaceutical Company products are just as addictive. Plus,

Pharmaceuritcal companies selling and profiting from their "medicines" is good, while tobacco companies selling an alternative delivery method for the nictonine is bad.


Wed, 02/05/2014 - 11:54 | 4404090 XitSam
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Their response to this type of comment, I forgot where I saw it was "In moderation, those products are not harmful. No amount of tobacco products are healthy."

Just reporting.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 10:07 | 4403607 Flakmeister
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Well there is least one voice of sanity here...

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 10:11 | 4403618 Ain't No Sunshine
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They're only making room for those "left hand" cigarettes.  Medical MaryJane, Baby!

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 11:33 | 4403988 What is The Hedge
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And now you are getting warmer.....


Cigarettes are an extremely low margin product sold at the front of the store. Cigarettes do not create "Store" traffic, they create lines at the front of the store, only. One of the biggest complaints that CVS has is their long lines at the cash register. Much of the long lines are caused by cigarette purchasers. This is strictly an economic decision by CVS.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 11:56 | 4404109 XitSam
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$2 billion a year or 17 cents a share is an economic decision. To lose money.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 10:36 | 4403730 Joseff Stalin
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What is the profit on a pack of cigatettes?

What percentage of the price is tax?

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 09:53 | 4403547 GMadScientist
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I think your pussy-whine-suppressor needs repair.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 09:06 | 4403345 Marge N Call
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Agree with SWA 100%. That's what a free market is supposed to look like.

OTOH, why do I have a sneaking suspicion there is more to this story that we haven't heard yet? I mean, come on let's not fool ourselves, this is NOT an act of conscience on the part of CVS, this is a business decision presumably calculated based on greed or fear.

1. Greed: they make more on e-cigs and nic gum. They have data that shows these customers are not profitable, etc, etc

2. Fear: a little .gov birdie told them not to or else. They have some info about some legislation coming down the pike. Back room deal. etc

Takes your picks, I guess I just cynical that way.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 09:14 | 4403368 Say What Again
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There is a third option that you may have overlooked;


Every company that SELLs you something has a corporate image that they try maintain.  From American Express, to Citibank, Disney, Ford, to Wal*Mart, they all have an image, which is reflected in the advertising.  If a business feels a certain image will drive revenue and margins, then they will typically try to align themselves with that image.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 09:25 | 4403415 shovelhead
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Damn shame the iconic Marboro Man just died from lung cancer.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 09:55 | 4403552 GMadScientist
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But he died 'tough' doing what he wanted to do, like a real frontier-conquering American heee-ro. Lulz.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 10:12 | 4403624 Ain't No Sunshine
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And how old was he???

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 10:45 | 4403783 Frank N. Beans
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Wed, 02/05/2014 - 10:50 | 4403804 superflex
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Shhhhh.  That doesn't fit the narrative.

BTW, he was 72 and died of COPD.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 11:14 | 4403901 Pure Evil
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Better to die young living large and enjoying life than linger on in the pits of some nursing home all doped up on drugs and having some perv changing your diaper once a day.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 09:26 | 4403422 greatbeard
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The image thing works for me.  CVS is one of the stores I do go into on occasion.  I've always felt they should not be selling cigarettes.  But then again, I don't see much difference in them selling candy and potato chips. Yet the cigarette thing irks me more.  And I'm not particularly anti smoker.  Although I'm no fan of smoking in enclosed rooms, smoking is ok with me.  I used to smoke.  Never an easy answer.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 09:28 | 4403438 cossack55
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How about the selling of pharmas that kill tens of thousands every fucking year.  Any thoughts on that?

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 10:09 | 4403612 Ranger4564
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Yes, billions are still saved.  Chemicals affect different people differently, and some substances cause harm to some people, but the medicines generally improve quality of life for most people. There are exceptions, and I'm not talking about the intentional poisons that are deployed on people, but generally, many different drugs exist in order to extend life. And they have, you're still here.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 10:06 | 4403606 Marge N Call
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I see what you are saying. Ever go into a CVS? Like most retail, especially drug stores and grocery stores, they pretty much reflect the lifestyles and tastes of their constituent neighborhoods. Not sure it's a strong a brand image play since it seems more about convenience and price in their sector, but I'm not a marketer ;-)

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 11:15 | 4403911 Pure Evil
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CVS, Walgreens, and RiteAid are just high priced 7-11's with a legal dope dealer hiding in the back.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 15:00 | 4404728 StychoKiller
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How's that "image" thing working out for JCP?

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 09:53 | 4403551 Dangertime
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I see no problem with a retail store doing this either.  They have every right to sell the products that fit their "moral code".


Likewise, I have every right to provide my dollars to stores that match my "moral code", which includes only those business that do not fall prey to the "you are not responsible citizens" mantra.


This includes.....

  • No longer giving Starbucks my money (anti-gun)
  • No longer buying from Dick's sporting goods (anti-gun)
  • No longer watching A&E (pushing the anti-christian agenda)
  • No longer watching the major networks (Leftist Cheerleaders)
  • Now no longer buying from CVS.
Wed, 02/05/2014 - 11:19 | 4403927 Pure Evil
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You might as well include all major corporate chain stores because they all went to the same brainwashing schools and they're all controlled by the same subsector of elites that control the major media outlets.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 12:00 | 4404126 XitSam
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"• No longer watching the major networks (Leftist Cheerleaders)"

An image of Ed Schultz in a cheerleader outfit just hit my brain like a wagonload of bricks.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 12:30 | 4404238 financial apoca...
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say what again is a fagot

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 17:16 | 4405483 Richard Whitney
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Ever heard of Steve Rattner?

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 09:07 | 4403353 Quinvarius
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I see opportunity for other people.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 08:42 | 4403280 eurogold
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Easy.... boykott CVS

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 08:44 | 4403287 negative rates
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+ 1000



Did so, and FUCK AETNA! While were at it.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 08:54 | 4403311 kralizec
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Fukken-A, Bubba!  Another outfit that can FOAD!

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 08:59 | 4403321 berlinjames02
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Boycott CVS?? I'm not sure it most people will see it that way. I also like the 'hypocrite' comment from above.

My father owned several pharmacies and my grandfather died from emphysema. For that reason, my father would not sell cigarettes in the stores. Most customers appreciated that my father wanted them to get healthy and not sell things contradictory to the purpose of the business just to make a buck. I would argue this will help the brand with non-smoking customers... which are now much greater than the smoking population. Plus, how much money is there in cigarettes?? It seems most of the money goes to taxes.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 09:13 | 4403377 Quinvarius
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In a real crisis, cigarettes are money.  I suspect this is really all just a plan to strengthen the dollar.  heh

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 09:29 | 4403433 eurogold
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It's about choice or the increasing lack thereof. Anytime that choice is taken away from us there should be concern. Fine, CVS chooses not to sell Tabacco, some will then choose not to shop there. Sorry about your Grandfather.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 09:52 | 4403542 GMadScientist
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Wouldn't you need to have been a customer of CVS to boycott them, Skippy?

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 12:01 | 4404133 XitSam
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Sure. Refuse to buy cigarettes from them.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 09:30 | 4403444 The Dunce
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I used to smoke cigs.  I miss them every day.  My brand was Marlboro.  I haven't had a cig in over two years.  Word to your mother.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 10:07 | 4403609 Oquities
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in other news CVS' chairman announced that they will continue to sell the smoking cessation pharmaceutical that can give you cancer and make your ass bleed...

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 10:34 | 4403721 Joseff Stalin
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The amount of tax as a percentage of price of a pack of cigarettes could have something to do with it:


from Wiki:

New York City has a citywide tax of $1.50, making the combined state and local rate $5.85, the highest in the nation.

  • The federal excise tax on cigarettes is $1.01, which is not included in the rates shown above.
Wed, 02/05/2014 - 12:04 | 4404144 XitSam
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Which every seller charges, except indian reservations. How is that an influence?

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 08:33 | 4403260 Zero Point
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Perhaps those commies should be forced to damn well sell things.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 08:34 | 4403266 GetZeeGold
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How much is this going to cost me again?

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 08:42 | 4403282 negative rates
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A dollar two eighty should cover it.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 09:51 | 4403539 GMadScientist
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"About tree fiddy."

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 08:49 | 4403295 XAU XAG
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There is another motive for this move..........


I have no idea what it is.............but there is one.


Many shops sell it as it is a FOOTFALL producer.....same as booze


If Big commerce was to become ethical.........then we are trully fucked.


Not that I would not want all commerce to be ethical........but it ain't ever going to happen

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 08:53 | 4403305 zerozulu
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an excuse to layoff few minimum wage.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 09:50 | 4403538 GMadScientist
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People who would have otherwise shuffled off their mortal coils in due time will now stick around long enough to incur real cost to Obamacare.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 11:24 | 4403948 Pure Evil
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Couldn't happen to a nicer group of people, namely the American Taxpayer for electing the schumk in the first place while giving the House and Senate to the Democrats in order to pass it so that we can then find out what's in it.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 08:48 | 4403298 Zero Point
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Which twinkle toes communist cocksucker just signed his own death warrant by junking me?

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 09:02 | 4403332 negative rates
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You still smokum peace pipe? If no i'll junk ya, and raise your warrent.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 09:05 | 4403333 CaptainSpaulding
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"Is that you John Wayne, Is this me?"

Gunn sgt. Hartman

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 09:08 | 4403348 Zero Point
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LOL. Thank fuck someone around here has a sense of humor and is cultured.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 09:18 | 4403396 CaptainSpaulding
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Best Kubrick movie next to The shining

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 09:50 | 4403532 GMadScientist
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Shaddup until you get to a year, bitchlet.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 11:27 | 4403962 Pure Evil
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What was that comment about a pussy ass whine suppressor needing fixing?


Wed, 02/05/2014 - 08:35 | 4403263 Sutton
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Off to Walgreens. 

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 08:34 | 4403264 Sudden Debt
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cigarettes in a pharmacy store?


Americans can be so hypocrit sometimes :)

That's like selling drugs in a police station :)

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 08:36 | 4403268 GetZeeGold
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Drugs at the police station is free.....if you know the right people.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 08:38 | 4403273 Jlasoon
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Or fondle the right pecker at your local correctional facility. 

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 09:47 | 4403524 GMadScientist
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Wed, 02/05/2014 - 08:43 | 4403284 Winston Churchill
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A dealer ,I knew years ago, in London had his supply

come in Met Police evidence bags.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 08:47 | 4403291 joak
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I thought the same... then I realized it makes perfect sense : most of the stuffs they sell make you even sicker, so why not tobacco. The pharma business knows better than anybody how to squeeze every $ from existing customers lol.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 09:16 | 4403389 dwayne elizando
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They don't want low margin tobacco taking away from prescriptions!

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 08:48 | 4403294 BandGap
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Probably making room for the automated medical marijuana dispensory in the back. Got to have priorities.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 08:55 | 4403313 williambanzai7
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Selling condoms in a convent

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 09:08 | 4403355 Sudden Debt
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actually... that would be a good idea...

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 09:07 | 4403344 LeisureSmith
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But will they quit selling big gulps and Cheesy poofs too? Noooo!

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 08:35 | 4403267 kwatinhu
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WOW. If I was dumb enough to own any shares in this dog, I would sure as hell be selling them now.Talk about cutting your own throat to save yourself. Is this some kind of liberal, socialist mental defect?

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 08:38 | 4403269 HyBrasilian
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In the foto, it looks like O'Bongo will be selling 'Choom' instead [Menthol Choom ~ it has electrolytes!]

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 08:36 | 4403270 Took Red Pill
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I think that's a good thing. As a company, they have the right to choose which products they sell. Cigarettes are a contradiction to their business model. I used to work in pharmacy management and we talked about how this didn't make sense 15 years ago.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 09:43 | 4403494 superflex
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Then why sell beer, wine, candy, chips and soda?

I guess the diabetics, alcoholics, obese and high blood pressure crowd can still get their fix at the Pharamcy.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 10:31 | 4403699 Took Red Pill
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The ones in my state don't sell alcohol. Alcohol used to be medicine. In moderation may actually be good for you. The other stuff is food although not all of it healthy, in moderation it's okay. Where do you draw the line? Canned vegetables may not be healthy either. Most of our food is full of chemicals, pesticides, artificial flavors, etc. They drew the line at cigarettes for now.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 09:41 | 4403495 GMadScientist
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More likely a desperate attempt to foster goodwill among their remaining customers. How many people were really picking up cancer sticks at a CVS anyway?

"Yeah, and I'll take some of those patches and gum too while you're at it."

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 08:37 | 4403271 10PastMidnight
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selling the masses on pharmaceuticals that will “cure” their ailments with  “a few” side effects is  somehow not the same?

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 09:46 | 4403516 GMadScientist
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Yeah, because 'the masses' (pun intended) would really start exercising and eating more fiber if it wasn't for that durned CVS? C'mon...Americans don't need to be 'sold' on lazy solutions, they live for them (for now).

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 08:40 | 4403274 tjp
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The next step should be to stop selling contraceptives.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 08:39 | 4403275 Debugas
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pharmacy stores were selling cigarettes ?


Wed, 02/05/2014 - 08:53 | 4403307 papaswamp
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Solid business model... Sell the product that will drive customers to your pharmacy.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 08:42 | 4403276 10PastMidnight
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don't worry though, they'll fill the empty shelves with doritos and cheetos because they're good for you.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 08:48 | 4403297 BandGap
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I get my liquor at Walgreens. It's medicinal liquor, though, helps with my mental health.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 08:42 | 4403283 css1971
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Why stop selling them?

Just split the company down sector lines; medical drugs and recreational drugs. Create a new brand for the recreational side.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 08:46 | 4403288 GooseShtepping Moron
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I think I'll celebrate by walking down to Walgreens for a pack of Swisher Sweets.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 08:48 | 4403293 billwilson
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Good Move! Smart move. Sellings cancer causing products never made sense

The moron who trash the move need to get a life.


Wed, 02/05/2014 - 08:52 | 4403303 XAU XAG
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So the USA is going to give up it's NUKES then???

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 08:53 | 4403308 10PastMidnight
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well in our world of pollution and radiation, GMO's to high heaven, does your (bill w) statement not cover just about everything on the shelves? i think it's great they should care about peoples health, but this is not caring, it's dictating and loosing revenue i might add in the process.


careful when you hear of the same industry that rapes us over health care, suddenly caring about our health.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 09:11 | 4403358 XAU XAG
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Wed, 02/05/2014 - 08:57 | 4403317 papaswamp
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...unless you sell the drugs that fight the cancer. If they are going for health then they had better clear the isles of candy, sugar drinks and cholesterol laden snacks. Number of obese people far exceed number of smokers.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 08:49 | 4403299 satoshi911
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Obama Ban's Masturbation

Taxes for those found in the act

The freedom to loves ones own meat, where is ZH on this issue? No where to be found


There are like 1,000 good story's on the 'news' on the  random ZH post-bot chooses this story, pray tell how does this fit into Bangalore-Zionist thinking?

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 08:51 | 4403304 howenlink
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They should pull prescription drugs from the shelves too.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 08:52 | 4403306 TheFineKid
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This site has definitely been hijacked by jerk offs. The company was not forced to stop, they chose to stop selling a horrible horrible fucking sinister product. Good for them. Maybe corporate America has a soul after all. J

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 09:00 | 4403324 XAU XAG
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Lets hope that all those with pensions............



Have checked that all the investments are in ethical firms??

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 09:00 | 4403328 Marge N Call
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Sorry, that was a joke right?

They gladly participate in keeping people addicted to sugar and getting diabetes, or keeping kids medicated for life so they and the pharmas can bleed them dry, or gaming .gov via EBT and medicaid/medicare, and selling your medical data, etc

But why yes darn it, Kid, this proves they have a soul after all!!! Just ask the unicorn.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 09:12 | 4403336 GetZeeGold
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they chose to stop selling


I think it has something to do with people don't like to get preached too or told what to do on a daily basis.


Would it be OK with you if I controlled every aspect of your life?

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 10:16 | 4403646 Ranger4564
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Yet most conservatives are religious. Go figure.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 10:29 | 4403697 GetZeeGold
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No law against it.........yet.

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 09:39 | 4407437 Ranger4564
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"... people don't like to get preached too or told what to do on a daily basis."

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 09:17 | 4403340 kevinduhand
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This site has definitely been hijacked by jerk offs.


The quality of the news here is also going downhill like, constantly posting war-mongering articles from Diplomat, I mean WTF??

so I guess you're right ZH has turned retard like Alex Jones Channel, I'll just go read MarketWatch from now on....

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 09:19 | 4403403 satoshi911
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Well ABC-MEDIA promised to deliver th 15-45 year old male market, of little boys who never left home.

Nobody said asked you did they?

Ante the nickels folks and become advertisers, otherwise enjoy pre-puberty deja-vu.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 12:46 | 4404292 Arkadaba
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I'm really enjoying the concerted efforts of all the new posters (most less than a month) to discredit this site. You go girl!

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 09:46 | 4403513 superflex
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Dont let the door hit you in the ass, mate.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 20:50 | 4406278 mendolover
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You had me until you said corporate America has a soul.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 08:53 | 4403310 JustObserving
Wed, 02/05/2014 - 08:54 | 4403314 spankfish
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Cigarettes bad... alcohol good.  CVS, like all corporations has neither a conscience or moral backbone.  This is pure corporate shinola.  CVS sells Statin drugs does it not?  Wonder if they will be first on the bandwagon of corporate marijuana sellers?

By the way Rite Aid has liquor stores too.



Wed, 02/05/2014 - 10:50 | 4403525 dobermangang
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Rite Aid CEO should send flowers or a gift basket to CVS management.  They just gave RAD a lifeline.

I bet the CEO of CVS gets canned within 18 months.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 08:58 | 4403322 Rising Sun
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Making shelf space to sell legalized pot.


It's a corp - they exist to make a profit.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 08:59 | 4403327 DavrosoftheDaleks
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Nicotine patches and gum are a lot more profitable than the smokes.  They'll just put those in the space they used to hold the smokes.  Does that mean they ban E-cigs?  Maybe CVS is now the E-cig headquarters?

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 09:05 | 4403343 Jameson18
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This is a lie. CVS is 6 billion in the red and can't pay for the product anymore.  This is similar to when you go into a C-store and they don't have beer or soda on the shelves.  So to cover there asses they come up with a bullshit story that its not healthy.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 09:06 | 4403346 muleskinner
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A relative of mine never smoked tobacco. Died of lung cancer.

Tobacco is the most addictive substance known to man and the numbers are all the proof you need.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 09:48 | 4403535 superflex
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Perhaps the lung cancer was an environmental exposure.  Ever hear of asbestos?  Did the coroner prove the lung cancer was from second hand smoke?

Way to ASSume, Copernicus.


Wed, 02/05/2014 - 09:06 | 4403347 docinthehouse
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Wed, 02/05/2014 - 09:14 | 4403373 GetZeeGold
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Anything else?

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 09:14 | 4403374 negative rates
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You are a knuckle head, the right weed has an oil in it that is extremely benifical to the human body in so many ways. Now if it freaks out your mind and you can't handle it, don't blame the weed, blame your weak mind.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 10:13 | 4403630 Flakmeister
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So are you claiming that smoking is actually good for you?

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 10:27 | 4403686 GMadScientist
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Hemp oils don't do much for you once you've set them on fire.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 09:15 | 4403378 One And Only
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Calm down.

If anyone needs a cig or bong rip it's you buddy. Take one before you get a stroke.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 09:57 | 4403558 GMadScientist
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How to quit: don't light the cigarette. Done.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 09:07 | 4403352 Bitchin Bear
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Didn't CVS make some crazy move a year ago over something and then have to backpedal?  can't remember what it was but here's a good example backpedaling:  small rural county in North Georgia mountain resort area decides to let WalMart in.  Supposedly(?) conditional on their not selling tobacco products or alcohol.  A year or so later I happened up there and lo and behold the entire store had been arranged to accomodate alcohol,  Not so sure about tobacco as it doesn't pertain to me.  Like some of the other posters said if they are going to ban tobacco their next stop should be chips, candy and soda - all those things that make life bearable for the sheeple.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 09:11 | 4403360 mendolover
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Me thinks this has to have something to do with the ACA.  But come on, it took them this long to realize cigarettes in a pharmacy dont' make sense?

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 09:33 | 4403462 shovelhead
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Drugs in a drug store?


Wed, 02/05/2014 - 09:11 | 4403361 Its_the_economy...
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When has "the right thing to do" ever entered into a boardroom decision-making process?

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 09:14 | 4403386 negative rates
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It hasn't, but they first blamed the unions so it was game on right after that.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 09:56 | 4403562 GMadScientist
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When the lawyers point out the alternative.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 09:10 | 4403362 the not so migh...
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everyone is vaping now, ego-t with my x-jet atomizer and 24mg of water nicotine, booooyaaaa

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 09:15 | 4403366 hooligan2009
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ha ha ha...check out squawk box..they have an air head cheerleader on instead of mrs quick...she has two jim o'sullivans (PGI and HFE) and she distinguishes them by calling one Jim O'Sullivan!!!!!! hahahahaha...on topic, she doesnt even know that CVS sells booze and is struggling with the concept of replacing cigarettes with e-ones (and marijhuana) heh..thought i would share..whata ditz!

health shop...cigarettes...why on earth are they still selling them there? d'uh...wal-green next...then where do you go to buy cigarettes? oh i know ..a cigarette shop aka tobacconist...people really should get over themselves...or get a dog

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 09:14 | 4403372 snowlywhite
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while I smoke, have to agree is pretty weird to see cigarettes sold in pharmacies.

I mean, I'd never think of buyin' smokes right from the pharmacy over here...

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 09:58 | 4403571 GMadScientist
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Two words: repeat business.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 09:15 | 4403387 One And Only
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CVS will chew the candy it sells that makes us obese and spit it back into our mouths like a mother bird does for it's babies.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 10:00 | 4403576 GMadScientist
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What do you mean 'us', motherfucker? Show some self-control.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 09:15 | 4403391 Shaten
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Target already does this.

The plan is to upscale their image and the customers. by sstop selling tobacco, they will get rid of a lot of trash that goes into the stores and make them seem more like target compareed to walmart.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 09:19 | 4403400 Bioscale
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Pharmacy shops selling cigarettes.. wtf?

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 09:22 | 4403405 dizzyfingers
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Stop selling sugar and products containing sugar too, then:

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 09:26 | 4403421 overexposed
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My guess would be with all the taxes and surcharges added to the cigarettes by the State Mafia, it wasn't a profitable line of business for them any more.  So restricting their sales to the un-taxed but extremely profitable vapes and nicorette products ought to help boost their bottom line, yes?

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 09:29 | 4403430 pragmatic hobo
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it never made sense for pharmacies to sell cigarettes ...

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 09:34 | 4403449 viator
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Yea, but when is CVS going to start selling choom?

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 09:35 | 4403468 Laretes
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Well, it is a pharmacy. Why should they sell stuff to make you feel better right next to something obviously poisonous? There are enough places to buy tobacco if you can't live without your drug.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 09:41 | 4403486 shovelhead
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I hope this will not affect tobacco flavored Vagisil.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 09:43 | 4403501 Martin Silenus
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All pharmacies here in Canada stopped carrying tobacco ages ago, a logical move from a health perspective.  There's a special kind of hypocrisy in going to the counter with yer cancer medication and grabbing a pack of smokes.  Now we just get them at another tax-gouging business: the gas station.

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