Well Being

CVS Quits Selling Tobacco Products, Continues To Sell Other Unhealthy Goods

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cvs caremarkGiant drug store chain–and the place to go to shoplift nail polish CVS is quitting smoking, but not cold turkey. By October 1st of this year, not a single one of 7,600 locations will sell tobacco products in the name of health and wellness.

The CVS website explains their decision to “quit for good”:

Ending the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products at CVS/pharmacy is simply the right thing to do for the good of our customers and our company. The sale of tobacco products is inconsistent with our purpose – helping people on their path to better health…Cigarettes and tobacco products have no place in a setting where health care is delivered. This is the right thing to do.

If the company wants to care for its customers, then it certainly is the right thing to do; however, it's not as though cigarettes are the only unhealthy thing being sold at CVS pharmacies. If they really do want to help people on their path to better health, shouldn't they stop selling all unhealthy products and not just tobacco?

Here are other products sold at CVS that “have no place in a setting where health care is delivered”:

  • Giant sacks of candy like this 10 oz bag of 3 Musketeers
  • and bottles of soda that could fill bathtubs?
  • Pop-tarts
  • Potentially dangerous sugar substitutes like Sweet N Low and Equal
  • Carcinogenic microwave popcorn
  • Oreos
  • Any of these suspicious weight loss products
  • Canned ham


Oddly enough, I couldn't find massive bottles of soda that could fill bathtubs for sale on the CVS website, but I also couldn't find water bottles.

Tobacco is no good– just really oh so very bad for you, but if the pharmacy chain is going to stop selling it in the name of good health, perhaps they should phase out some of these other unhealthy goodies as well. It's hard to take a health brand seriously while they still sell pop-tarts.

See CVS's announcement here//Image via Shutterstock