The policy of not selling cigarettes is already in effect at all CVS Pharmacies nationwide.
While it originally was to go in effect on October 1st, management felt the time was right now to implement the change.

So now, as part of their health care mission, CVS will now change its corporate name to CVS Health – although the retail outlets will still be called CVS Pharmacy.

Besides ceasing to sell cigarettes, CVS stores will now be offering a smoking cessation initiative which includes how ready a smoker is ready to quit.

This is all well and good.

However, since the stores will continue to sell groceries, you wonder how many of those other products deemed “unhealthy” will be long for their stores. My guess - they're not going anywhere anytime soon.

True, smoking is thought to be one of our biggest health risks – but so too is diet and lack of exercise.

How long will it be until they take the Cocoa Puffs, Peanut Butter cups, and the like off the shelves – and instead, offer an initiative to wean oneself off the goodies and onto the treadmill?

Audrey Silk, who’s the founder of Citizens Lobbying Against Smoker Harassment, or CLASH, a national smokers' rights group based in New York City, is correct when she says that CVS has every right to change what it sells, but she believes the company is falling for the anti-smoking "crusade” – and that their efforts are all about perception.

Like making cigarettes public enemy number one.

There are a host of others that CVS could be taking on – again, such as diet – but haven’t.
And why you ask?

While they’ll lose a billion or so from not selling cigarettes, imagine how much more they’d lose by not selling candy, beer, and sugar-laden products?
No, their mission is all about perception.