They claim to be concerned about the dangers of smoking while being a corporation which is supposed to emphasizing good health and good health habits. Somewhat hypocritical when one goes into one of their stores and is greeted immediately by candy, snacks such as chips and the such, cookies, sweetened sodas, as well as other non-healthy items. Considering the high rate of obesity in this country, and the deaths related to it, not only from the weight; but, from those added complications such as diabetes, kidney disease, heart disease, the surgery for knee and hip ailments/failures due to the excess weight...
The only way to access and purchase cigarettes is at the checkout. Now, CVS claims concern about health, yet, there right in front of the shoppers as they check out, are candy bars, bags of M&Ms, Skittles, Starburst, sugar filled gum, and often individually wrapped donuts and/or cookies and cakes. So, does CVS truly care or are they aware that they sell cigarettes at a lower cost than the local bodega or grocery and therefore receive a much lesser profit? Would they sacrifice the sales of Pepsi, Coke, Dr.Pepper and all sweetened sodas? Likely they'd not do that as their bottom line would take a real hit.
Don't misunderstand, I am glad they have stepped up to make a statement, I just feel it's a hollow statement and not worth the 39 seconds of advertisement they've gained from it.
I have indicated for years, if the government really wanted to combat the dangers of smoking, they could issue a medical i.d. card to all current smokers and nobody born after a certain time would be able to purchase the danged things, and they'd be sold only at drug stores as they actually are
a drug (which makes it ironic that CVS is now against them).