Changes Name From Caremark To Health
Citing the conflict of values between healthy living and numerous tobacco-related diseases, CVS Caremark is dropping tobacco products from its stores and changing its company name to CVS Health.
The move, effective September 3rd, 2014, comes about one month ahead of the company’s previously-announced October 1st date, and sends millions of dollars in revenue packing.
"Along with the start of CVS Health, the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products at CVS/pharmacy ends today," says CVS Chief Executive Officer Larry J. Merlo. "By eliminating cigarettes and tobacco products from sale in our stores, we can make a difference in the health of all Americans."
CVS has one Putnam County store-in Teays Valley.
With more than 7,700 retail locations, CVS 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, according to APA spokeswoman Michelle Spinnler. 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," says 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."
While walking away from huge tobacco revenue, CVS is hoping to counter the loss with other sales related to cessation, healthier living, and longer customer life expectancy.
Across Putnam County, Fruth Pharmacy, owned by Hurricane resident Lynne Fruth, says it still sells some tobacco-related products.
“We sell it in some, not all, of our stores,” says Fruth. “We carry a limited supply and other many e-cigarettes and other smoking cessation products.”
Putnam County has one of West Virginia’s largest population of smokers, about 35-percent, according to a recent study. However, that number is slowly dropping and is expected to drop further.
The Mountain State’s percentage of smokers is among the highest in the nation. Our tobacco tax is among the lowest in The United States.
Putnam County still allows smoking in public places where children are not allowed, such as bars or privately-owned offices. Smoking is banned in Hurricane City Park but not in Putnam County's Valley Park.
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