Skip to main content

CVS Changes Name, Ditches Tobacco Products

min read

By ActiveBeat Author

CVS, America’s second-largest drugstore chain, is making two big tweaks: first, it’s changed its name to CVS Health. Second, customers won’t be seeing tobacco products when they head to the checkout counter at any of the chain’s roughly 7,700 stores.

Starting immediately CVS Caremark will be known as CVS Health, though customers may not recognize the tweak because the company isn’t changing any of its signs.

The more visible change involves the drugstore chain’s decision to eliminate tobacco products, like cigars and cigarettes, from its shelves. Instead, the company will offer customers products designed to help them kick the habit, like nicotine gum. In fact, an Indianapolis-based CVS store recently offered customers free ‘tobacco quit’ packs where tobacco products used to be shelved. (The packs contain information on how to quit and Sudoku games designed to distract smokers from the habit.)

Experts say the changes are part of CVS’ attempt to more clearly establish itself as a health care facility rather than simply a retail outlet. Many drugstores, including Walgreen Co. and Rite Aid Corp. (which still sell tobacco) have begun offering more health care products, including vaccinations and flu shots. Many have also added walk-in clinics, making their stores one-stop shops for all healthcare needs.

“We’re doing more and more to extend the front lines of health care,” noted CVS chief executive officer Larry Merlo.

But not everyone is convinced CVS is doing all it can to position itself as a health-oriented company. After all, the firm still stocks lots of sugary and salty snacks.

In their defence, CVS says those products don’t pose a major health threat, so long as they’re consumed in moderation. But, CVS representatives say, smoking should never be considered healthy.

ActiveBeat Author


Activebeat is dedicated to bringing readers all of the important news and information in the world of health. From recalls and outbreaks to fitness, nutrition and studies, we cover every aspect of health news, every day.

Trending Health News


Hard-Boiled Eggs Linked To Listeria Outbreak
By Katherine George Trending Health News

Hard-Boiled Eggs Linked To Listeria Outbreak

Hard boiled eggs may be the cause of a listeria outbreak in five different states. At the time of this post, seven people have fallen ill, four have been hospitalized, and there has been one death. The affected states are Florida, Texas, Maine, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina. On Dec. 18, a food safety alert was […]

Read More about Hard-Boiled Eggs Linked To Listeria Outbreak

2 min read

Blackberry-Related Hepatitis A Outbreak in Six States
By Katherine George Trending Health News

Blackberry-Related Hepatitis A Outbreak in Six States

The most recent food recall is linked to store-bought blackberries which may have caused a hepatitis A outbreak in several states. Last month the CDC announced the initial recall of blackberries purchased at Fresh Thyme Farmers Markets during September 2019 as a result of a possible contamination. According to the CDC report, by December 2, […]

Read More about Blackberry-Related Hepatitis A Outbreak in Six States

2 min read