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CVS: Selling health, not cigarettes

Posted on: September 10th, 2014 by Amy


Last week, CVS Health (formerly CVS Caremark) made a pioneering decision in the world of drugstores by ceasing cigarette sales in all of the chain’s 7,700 location nationwide. Seeing that cigarettes brought in $2 million worth of profits for the company, one might ask: But why? Read about it here, and then spark a discussion using the conversation starters below—which get a little more complex as they go along.


What do you know about cigarettes?

Do you know anyone who smokes? If yes, what do you think of it?

What do you think of CVS’s decision to remove cigarettes from their stores? Does it change your opinion of the store in any way?

Do you think drugstores have a responsibility to support their customers’ health?

Do you think ridding the stores of cigarettes is enough for CVS to convince customers that they are, as the article states, “a company focused on health”? Or do they need to do more, such as stop selling junk food?

Can you think of some companies that practice “corporate social responsibility?” How do they practice it?