Maryland's Tobacco Resource Center - Linking Professionals to Best Practices

Tobacco Products Replaced with Nicotine Gum at CVS Pharmacies

September
2014

The second largest pharmacy chain in the United States, CVS, enhances its contribution to the well-being of its customers by discontinuing tobacco sales, despite an expected $2 billion loss in sales each year. In lieu of tobacco products, the space behind the counter displays nicotine gum and signs encouraging tobacco consumers to quit. CVS has taken a major step to encourage healthier living of customers by offering vaccinations, having walk-in clinics and adding beneficial products, focusing especially on the aging population as well as several uninsured people. The change in name from CVS Caremark to CVS Health represents the company’s sincerity in promoting better health. Tobacco sales have been stopped in all CVS pharmacies nationwide, an entire month earlier than anticipated.