CVS Pharmacy Decides to Stop Selling Tobacco Products
What is going on?
Wednesday, February 5, 2014, CVS Pharmacy, the country’s largest chain in drugstores, declared that from now until October, they will gradually stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products. This decision has been estimated to result in a loss of $2 billion dollars yearly from costumers buying cigarettes and other products to accompany the cigarettes. CVS stores bring in on average $123 billion dollars yearly, so the loss from tobacco customers will not majorly affect their sales overall.
In late 2012, CVS stores announced that over a period of time the planned to morph their stores from being a large retail business to becoming more of a health care provider that offers mini clinics and health advice to their customers. Since the decision to provide health care, the company came to the conclusion that selling tobacco products and promoting health do not coincide and compliment each other. The end result was to cut cigarettes and other tobacco products.
What does this mean for other companies?
CVS is one of the largest retailers and pharmacies in America, so it has set a powerful example to their competitors such as; Rite-Aid and Walgreens. No official statements have been made to whether or not they will stop selling tobacco products, but if the support CVS is currently receiving continues, other companies may be forced to make the change as well.
Who is supporting CVS?
In the past few months tons of anti-smoking efforts have been made by associations across the country. CVS’ major supporter is the American Lung Association who recently released a 980 detailed report to make the future generations of America smoke-free.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 says, “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”
It seems that CVS is supporting this command given by God, which means the Pioneer supports them as well. As you go throughout your daily life pay attention to the things that are put into your body whether it be edible or through the media, see if God will be pleased, if he wouldn’t then maybe, like CVS it’s time for a change. Feel free to comment below your feelings towards CVS’ decision.