I stopped at a CVS for the first time in a while.  I asked the cashiers if the new Fairfield Walgreen’s hurt their business.  They said that since CVS stopped selling cigarettes there has been a big drop off of customers and their hours have been cut as a result.  The article below was originally posted February 5, 2014.  CVS stopped selling cigarettes in October 2015.

CVS announced today that they will no longer carry cigarettes by October 1st.  “We’ve got 26,000 pharmacists and nurse practitioners who are helping millions of patients each and every day,” said Larry Merlo, the chief executive of CVS Caremark. “They manage conditions like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes — all conditions that are worsened by smoking. We’ve come to the decision that cigarettes have no place in an environment where healthcare is being delivered.”

Cigarettes count for over two billion dollars in sales for the store.

By Stephen Krauchick

DoingItLocal is run by Steve Krauchick. Steve has always had interest with breaking news even as an early teen, opting to listen to the Watergate hearings instead of top 40 on the radio. His interest in news spread to become the communities breaking news leader in Connecticut’s Fairfield County. He strongly believes that the public has right to know what is happening in their backyard and that government needs to be transparent. Steve also likes promoting local businesses.

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