If Walgreens should follow CVS lead and drop tobacco, I'm likely to sell their stock the same day they announce that move.
I'm here to make some money, not reform my fellow citizens' personal health habits.
"If Walgreens should follow CVS lead and drop tobacco, I'm likely to sell their stock the same day they announce that move"
Target Stores stopped Selling Cigarettes also
WAG RAD and WMT are next
Pretty soon you will sell everything you own
I agree with that fajita. While it gets less attention, sugar is no less a killer than tobacco. Both sugar and nicotine are addictive. Smoking tobacco causes cancer. Eating excessive sugar products causes diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and cancer. In the case of tobacco products, drug stores do little to promote their use other than making them available, and they would be available even if every drug store quit carrying them. Sugar containing products like candy and cakes are displayed in mass in the drugstores and they are heavily promoted. The dangers of consuming tobacco and sugared products have been should be known to any consumer who does not have his head in the sand. It is not the responsibility of any retailer to sell only healthy products. It is the responsibility of consumers to educate themselves and behave responsibly. How about motorcycle helmet laws? They are validated by the argument that when a person chooses not to wear a helmet, it becomes the public's problem when an accident victim needs healthcare he cannot afford to pay for. Why don't we apply the same logic to sugar consumption. Overconsumption of sugar causes far more healthcare expense than motorcycle accidents. Should we ban soft drinks, candy and donuts? I'm not offering an answer to that. I'm just pointing out that we are very inconsistent as a society. Telling drug stores what they should and should not sell certainly adds to the inconsistency.
No one is going to give up tobacco products just because they can't buy them at the major drug chains. This country is littered with tobacco stores. CVS wasn't making money on cigarettes so they went for publicity. Neither Walgreens nor Rite-Aid should be influenced by the CVS move or the pressure coming from congressmen. I wouldn't be surprised if some of those congressmen owned tobacco stores.