Today CVS announced that by October 2014, all of it's stores nationwide will discontinue selling cigarettes, cigars, and chewing tobacco.
Without tobacco sales, the company is expected to lose about $2 billion in revenue. Keep in mind, they did bring in more than $123 billion in revenue in 2012 so they'll probably survive. The stores want to focus more on providing the tools for a healthy lifestyle and CVS's CEO Larry Merlo said, "We've come to the conclusion that cigarettes have no place in a setting where health care is being delivered." It makes sense. And since CVS made their big announcement on twitter, we've been tracking the response.
Most people seem really pleased with the news and have promised to give more of their business to CVS.
Others claim that if CVS REALLY cared about your health they'd stop selling chips, candy and anything else that tastes amazing. To those people we say, settle down.
This week, Miley Cyrus also announced that she has quit smoking. Between Miley and CVS, some people are feeling inspired.
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