CVS/pharmacy to Stop Selling Cigarettes & All Tobacco Products by Oct. 1 2014

February 5, 2014 8:44 am · 51 comments


CVS announced today they plan to stop selling all tobacco products in all stores by Oct. 1 of this year.

Click on the video above to watch the announcement from CVS.

Antler February 5, 2014 at 8:48 AM


NRA #1 fan and member February 5, 2014 at 8:49 AM

Great idea CVS, not many (probably no other) companies decline a 2 billion sales revenue and actually care about health.

On the other hand, CVS, you need to lower your prices and get your workers to work harder and provide great customer service. Everytime I visit CVS, the workers are looking ragged like meth users.

Steve February 5, 2014 at 8:58 AM

Agree with NRA completely on this one

KenHousfeld February 5, 2014 at 9:07 AM

This is great news. Hopefully the other drug stores will follow suit.

Clayton Pete February 5, 2014 at 9:14 AM

This is great news.
I do agree with #2, though… some of those CVS employees are a bit sketchy, to put it mildly. But hey, at least they are working!

A. Smoker February 5, 2014 at 9:15 AM

Had I not seen athletes, T.V.personalities, movies,
and had they not been so easy to get, perhaps I might
ever have started.
I say the C. E. O. That made that decision be
named Executive of the decade, Pres. ?

NoMoreFreeRide February 5, 2014 at 9:21 AM


Xx February 5, 2014 at 9:21 AM

Minimum wage jobs = ragged meth users, or teenagers.

Raise your wages to attract better quality employees

GREAT idea, and CVS in this area should return to the Long's model February 5, 2014 at 9:42 AM

Long’s Drugs was a very well liked operation, with good customer service and good employee attitude.

Enfield303 February 5, 2014 at 9:45 AM

Good for them. There’s a billion other places to buy smokes.

Sacto Rob February 5, 2014 at 9:46 AM

So they’re going to stop selling tobacco products. Does this mean they stop selling nicotine products as well. Or will they keep selling ptaches and gun and e-cigarettes? Just trading one kick for another, and the drug store laughs all the way to the bank.

et-al February 5, 2014 at 9:47 AM

@ Xx #8 –
You just don’t get it, do you.

Blink February 5, 2014 at 10:10 AM

Great decision ….now if grocery stores would follow with exception of beer and wine that would be smart

Blink February 5, 2014 at 10:14 AM

Did not read correct thought it said cigarettes and alcohol ….oops

JET February 5, 2014 at 10:20 AM

First off – I’m a smoker myself – and even I continue to be stunned that any of these stores selling health products (CVS, Walgreens, etc) would even offer cigs or nicotine products. Its like buying alcohol from a Mormon church.

I’m glad they are doing this, good move CVS!

anonanonagain February 5, 2014 at 10:25 AM

That’s one way to tell the tobacco companies that their product stinks. I bet the cigarette smokers who are jonesing for their nicotine fix might not be too happy. Now there will be an underground market for ciggies…….

Spicoli February 5, 2014 at 10:35 AM

Does this mean that they’ll also stop selling booze?

Mrs. T February 5, 2014 at 10:53 AM

Dang every time I am in a CVS I see people buying smokes guess they are prepared to lose money. OK anything in that store that could be harmful to a person’s health it’s all how you look at it. This is such a stupid move for them.
Also I agree with NRA #2. Customer service is at a low point. And the location by Big 5 (concord bart) always smells terrible inside and the employees are the worst, guess they don’t drug test them.

Mrs. T February 5, 2014 at 11:03 AM

#16 you are so ignorant. There are plenty of places to buy smokes. It’s not like CVS was the only place HAHA!! Oh NO what am I gonna do, where will I buy smokes now that CVS has stopped selling them?????? Oh my lmao.

Sorry for the typo in my earlier post one to many “thats”
Correction: Ok, anything in that store could be harmful to a person’s health.
Hope that gets out before the grammar a-holes see it 😉

RANDOM TASK February 5, 2014 at 11:08 AM

ugh again with the raise your wage….. people need work and experience CVS is well with in legal rights to pay what they are. people need to start somewhere and the mentality of some who think all jobs should pay 6 figures is why the work ethic in this country is falling behind. Even the Somali pirates work harder than we do here. Stop trying to get everything at once and you might just appreciate it longer.

Charles-the-cat February 5, 2014 at 11:10 AM

Interesting. No matter what you think about their prices or service, CVS is a smart company. They wouldn’t be doing this if there wasn’t a long term financial upside for them. I’m guessing somebody crunched some numbers and figured out that added sales from getting customers to live 10 years longer will offset the loss of tobacco revenue. It may also help their in-store clinics land service provider contracts. Nice move, regardless.

Brian February 5, 2014 at 11:17 AM

The way I look at it is that I’m glad they aren’t selling cigarettes anymore. Cigarettes only kill. They want their customers to live longer and spend more money in their stores for the rest of their lives. It’s a smart marketing move.

@ 21 and 22 February 5, 2014 at 11:32 AM

CVS not selling cigarettes is not going to stop people from smoking,, hard to understand your logic??

Where is there a demand, February 5, 2014 at 11:32 AM

entrepreneurs will find a way to supply.

Look how well the war on illegal drugs is going. Nicotine is just another drug.

It is impossible to stop people, who really want to, from smoking.

Anon February 5, 2014 at 11:35 AM

I still wish it was Longs Drugs…… not a big fan of CVS.

The Professor February 5, 2014 at 11:51 AM

@charles the cat
I agree with your assessment. I think this is a good thing, but let’s not kid ourselves that it is about health. If it was, then they would also stop selling candy, chips, and booze.

Jess February 5, 2014 at 12:02 PM

Their CEO said they are planning to increase their role as a health care provider. Selling tobacco products was at odds with that strategy. They already have in-store medical clinics in some states. They plan to increase that part of the business.

According to their CEO, the Affordable Care Act means more people will have insurance and be seeking care in doctor’s offices and hospitals, leading to longer wait times. Their plan is to partner with insurers, hospitals, and doctors’ groups to run in-store clinics, thereby allowing providers to see more patients and reduce wait times in other venues. Getting rid of tobacco products gives them a leg up against the competition in seeking partnerships with health care providers.

Antler February 5, 2014 at 12:18 PM

The Professor at #26 ~ ~ ~ As indeed they MIGHT decide to do one-step-at-a-time if the public reacts with gratitude to this first decision!

The Professor February 5, 2014 at 12:53 PM

C’mon Antler,
The public will not act with gratitude. Nobody is going to shop at CVS vs Walgreen’s just because CVS doesn’t sell smokes. What I’m saying is that I call BS when they say it’s about healthier patrons yet they don’t eliminate all of the unhealthy things in the store. But I will admit that it’s a good start.

Landana February 5, 2014 at 12:59 PM

I was thinking the same thing. costco no longer sells tobacco, but they now sell E-cigarettes, and nicotine gum. I see more and more people using the E-cigarettes and I guess they are better but I think its going to attract more kids.

Concordanon February 5, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Hey whatever… If they want to lose millions of dollars in revenue because they don’t like cigarettes or alcohol… Boo for them. Lets see, should I go to the drug store that has no alcohol or booze (which I plan to get) just to get my prescriptions filled? No, I think i’ll just go to Safeway. They have all of that too.

Silva February 5, 2014 at 1:23 PM

I’ve never overcome the toss of Long’s. After a few tries, I gave up going to CVS. There’s just no reason.

Silva February 5, 2014 at 1:24 PM

I’ve never overcome the loss of Long’s. After a few tries, I gave up going to CVS. There’s just no reason.

Cat Wrangler February 5, 2014 at 1:49 PM

How absolutely fantastic! CVS has won over my heart and pocketbook allegiance with this decision. Hurray for the risk-taking and moral management who made this decision!

nytemuvr February 5, 2014 at 2:14 PM

@Cat Wrangler #34
“moral management “???? What does that have with smoking? They sell all the other “immoral” drugs there too except cannabis, which is what they should sell. There’s nothing moral or immoral on this subject, it’s a moot point. Ignorance is bliss as they say……I’m done.

anonanonagain February 5, 2014 at 3:19 PM

Mrs. T, I was making a joke!! Do you actually think that I don’t know there are plenty of places to get your ciggies?!! Lighten up and don’t be so condescending and spiteful…….

inmotion February 5, 2014 at 4:29 PM

Why stop there? If CVS really wanted to take the moral high ground stop selling booze, pills and junk food. In the grand scheme of things it will have little effect on smokers getting their fix.

Provoke 'Em if You Got 'Em February 5, 2014 at 6:29 PM

Longs and Safeway always sold their smokes for like a buck more than the gas station. Their over-priced smokes is why they were making 2 billion a year.

Subsequent G February 5, 2014 at 6:40 PM

I’ve been saying for years stores shouldn’t be selling tobacco. It’s a hard drug that’s ridiculously addictive and has a high cancer correlation. It should be relegated to head shops or dispensaries. A lot of the other drugs at the pharmacy are horrible too but they arguably have some health benefits. I put tobacco in the same class as meth, crack, or sniffing glue. Even a bottle of Thunderbird or Colt 45 can be just what the doctor ordered sometimes. Cigarettes, not so much.

EX-SMOKER February 5, 2014 at 7:01 PM

1 out of 10 people smoke in the United States.CVS could care less about health concerns.This is a marketing ploy.

RunDog February 5, 2014 at 7:24 PM

“All things in moderation.” Would
it be OK then for them to sell medical
marijuana? How would that be different
from cigarettes? I don’t see it.

Much preferred Long’s.

Mrs. T February 5, 2014 at 7:52 PM

#36. Not being spiteful at all, its all how you look at it. And honey I am about as light as I am going to get living in Cali 😉

Dawn G February 5, 2014 at 8:27 PM

This new move will not change this grotesque, carpeted, ghetto, drug store chain that replaced our beloved Longs! I now prefer to pay a higher price at times and do one stop shopping at Raley’s, Nob Hill, or even a Rite Aid if I have to. CVS is a filthy chain from the East Coast that should have stayed there. Too bad Longs let a former Safeway VP in that ended the Longs legacy.

Dr. Jellyfinger February 5, 2014 at 10:53 PM

I miss Long’s. I long for Long’s. I’ve longed for Long’s for so long now I no longer intended to go any longer without Long’s, so I’m making the long trip to Hawaii where they still have Long’s…. and nice warm beaches with bars right on the beach & pretty girls in bikinis!

anonanonagain February 6, 2014 at 10:43 AM

@ Mrs. T, have a great day…….:)

Mrs. T February 6, 2014 at 11:58 AM

Right back at ya anonanonagain!!
Hey yall be careful today and thank goodness it’s raining bring it on 🙂

cigarettes do have a health benefit February 6, 2014 at 4:09 PM

First a disclaimer: I don’t smoke, don’t really have a personal interest in it.

Stress is very harmful to your health.
Smoking a cigarette reduces your stress level.
Therefore smoking a cigarette provides both a mental and physical health benefit in the form of stress reduction.

The smoke itself is a carcinogen and does physically harm your health in the long-run, but that fact does not remove the health benefits of short-term stress reduction.

So lets not act like smoking is only bad and there is no good from it.


Smoking and smokers have become some kind of persecuted underclass now. I guess it’s ok to make life difficult for them. It’s ok to act like they are somehow a bad person for smoking.

It’s shameful imo. I don’t see smokers as bad people. I see them as people in need, who have turned to smoking to help them be a little happier and cope with life.

These people are really no different than an obese person who copes by eating. There are just too many obese people for you to pick on. Are you overweight? Then you are no better. Shame on you for judging others. Shame on you for piling more burdens on these people. If I had to guess, a lot of these people are poor. If they were well off they might have gone to counseling instead. They might have got on prozac instead. They might not have any problems to smoke away if they were luckier in life. Why do you care what they do? Imagine. Isn’t it hard enough on them without adding on special smoking taxes, hateful comments, smoke free zones (even whole cities?). There is even this totally illogical hate toward E-cigarettes. Really? They have no smoke at all. They cause no cancer. What’s the problem? The problem is a lack of logic. People get attitudes that are founded feelings and not logic.

All for what? For their health? Right! How is that kind of treatment helping them, really? All we are doing is bullying them because they smoke and we don’t think it’s good for them. Well there is so much not good for people and we don’t tell them all what to do. Why is it ok with smokers? Because there are now too few of them to stand up for themselves?

I guess it’s ok to mistreat certain groups as long as it’s “for their own good”?

Re-read your comments. Wherever you wrote smoker, put some other minority group. Is it still ok? How is that any different.

Good Riddance, now i won't have to wait.... February 6, 2014 at 4:37 PM

when some wheezing moron wants a pack of cigs, and the cashier has to go find a manager, get the key, open the case, get the smokes, lock the case, return the key to manager, and then find out that the nicotine addled imbecile wanted the menthol 100s but was too stupid to ask………

nytemuvr February 6, 2014 at 4:58 PM

@cigarettes do have a health benefit #48
Well written, I myself was brought up in a strict religious household and back then I was “taught” they were immoral too as were drinking, going to movies or carnivals or dancing. I understand the moral vs. immoral aspects of the lady who commented negatively about smoking.

valiii February 7, 2014 at 5:35 AM

CVS does have poor customer service, compared to Long’s. I’ve only been there a couple times since they took over. One of the first things CVS did was remove those hand and cart wipes at the entrance to the store; we sure need those with this flu epidemic and other viruse going around.
I don’t think the cigarette ban has actually started yet. I think it will happen in a few months. They’re just milking it for publicity now.
When the ban takes effect, I’ll probably shop there a little just to show my support. I really hate cigarettes; I have trouble breathing when I get around them..

mastro February 11, 2014 at 8:38 AM

dumb! that’s not gong to stop anyone from buying cigarettes. I’ll just buy them somewhere else. It feels a bit controlling to me and makes me not want to shop there

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