February 5, 2014, - 2:31 pm

CVS’ Phony “Health” War on Cigarettes; All About PC & Red States

By Debbie Schlussel

So, CVS drugstores/pharmacies announced that they will no longer carry tobacco products, especially cigarettes. Hey, you know who also had a war on tobacco? Hitler. CVS says this is all about health and promoting it. Don’t believe the hype. Check out any CVS store and you will see the following, as depicted in the store ads, photos of store aisles, and so on. In one ad flier pictured below, CVS gives you $4 in “Extra Bucks” if you spend $12 on fattening, sugary ice cream and desserts.





Answer this: if CVS is so interested in promoting health, why will the store continue to sell sugar-loaded, calorie-heavy candy bars and other junk food? Why isn’t CVS getting rid of potato chips? Why will it continue to sell beer and other alcoholic drinks? And why does the store sell condoms galore? Some people might say condoms help spread disease (they promote false confidence, too, as they aren’t 100% reliable). But they also encourage sex–pre-marital, extra-marital, and otherwise. Is that healthy? Is a diet of Coca-Cola and Snickers healthy? How ’bout regular beer-guzzling?

If CVS wants to become the health police, it’s gonna have to stop selling a whole lot more than just cigarettes and other tobacco stuff. This isn’t about health. It’s about a politically correct war on “Big Tobacco” that never ends and–let’s be honest–a war on the red state American South, where most of it is still grown and processed. And it’s a political war against an industry that is still very viable in America and provides employment and benefits to a lot of Americans.

I don’t smoke and never have (and I don’t want to ingest others’ smoke). But many, mostly working-class Americans still do smoke (and pay sky high taxes to help fund Hezbollah and big government). And smoking is still legal, last time I checked. But it’s fashionable to attack Big Tobacco. And while attacking Big Junk Food is becoming more in vogue , dumping all of the stuff I mentioned above would put CVS out of business . . . or, at least, cut into its margins very significantly.

The next time a chain of stores tells you it’s policing your health for you, say no thanks. You can do that just fine, yourself. If you’re an adult with a modicum of intelligence, you don’t need CVS to tell you what you should and shouldn’t ingest. For the record, I’m big-time into health. But I really don’t need CVS sticking its nose into my life, nor do you. If you or I want to buy something that’s legal, we don’t need CVS pointing the “not healthy!” finger at us. Just like we didn’t need the Obamas doing it. And we don’t need a major drugstore chain inserting itself in the war on “Big Tobacky.”

I applauded, last year, when CVS refused to carry the Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Islamic Terrorist Supermodel Edition of Rolling Stone. But no cheers from me on this.

Spare me the CVS silicone sanctimony on cigarettes. CVS Caremark is really CVS Don’t-Care-That-Much-Mark.

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We had this discussion yesterday on Philip Seymour Hoffman.

The Left thinks shooting yourself up with designer street drugs is cool! But they’re aghast at people smoking.

If they’re going to decide what’s best for us, shouldn’t they stay on message about health?

Cuz one is just as bad as the other. I’m libertarian when it comes to people deciding what’s best for them. But if we want to protect them from themselves we ought to say “no” to all the things that can harm them.

That includes drugs as well as tobacco. Then again we all know its not really our health the health police wants to mind. Its just an excuse. It wants to run our lives. And that’s why CVS outta mind its own business!

NormanF on February 5, 2014 at 2:55 pm

If we want to protect people from themselves, we should just start lobbing nukes at each other. That way, when the human race is completely wiped out, there will be no one around to suffer the consequences of things that are supposedly bad for them.

Such is the logic of the left. They simply don’t seem to get it, that if you are born, you will die. During that time, no matter what age you live to, you will some day die. And during the time that you are alive, you will be breathing, which can be potentially bad for you. Your skin will be exposed to the air, which can carry particulate matter which is potentially bad for your skin.

During the time one is alive, they will be exposed to sunlight. A certain amount of sunlight is necessary and good, because your body can produce Vitamin D from it. Too much of a good thing is no good, but that’s also an individual thing, as certain person’s bodies can absorb more sunlight, more of certain types of foodstuffs without ill effects, etc.

The left’s continuing attempt to micromanage everyone’s life by imposing impossible standards, except of course their own, is just further evidence of the Satan induced psychosis increasingly gripping American society.

Alfredo from Puerto Rico on February 5, 2014 at 3:09 pm

CVS sells homeopathic “medicine”. They aren’t as concerned about your health as they claim.

Physicist Bill on February 5, 2014 at 3:47 pm

I think that fatty foods are probably next on the list.
It’s generally not about health but regulation so I’d be interested to know who CVS has relationships with.

Wonder where CVS stands on medical marijuana?

Frankz on February 5, 2014 at 4:14 pm

CVS can sell whatever they want as a somewhat dollar store type shopping experience.

I do not care.

They are not helping my health by not selling tobacco products anymore.

I do not smoke.

The hypocrisy is that they are saying it is to improve our health, but instead it is the left’s way of controlling us. Control of the public through a retailer.

Debbie your refence to sugar is valid. next they may be banning the sale of sweets and other products deemed not politically correct.

CVS is Obama’s bitch.

panhandle on February 5, 2014 at 4:14 pm

According to the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 19% of U.S. adults smoke, while 35.7% are obese.

S.L.G. on February 5, 2014 at 4:18 pm

CVS is the preferred pharmacy provider for prescriptions for Obamacare plans. That’s how they hope to pick it up on the back-end, and that’s why the White House had a press release out within two hours on the subject. It’s all coordinated.

luagha on February 5, 2014 at 4:32 pm

Maybe they want to make sure they can still maintain their stores in New York State. I understand the Governor there says that conservatives are not welcome in his state. Can’t have a pharmacy there that appeals to Red States now.

Little Al on February 5, 2014 at 5:11 pm

Frankly think it ludicrous that people have an issue with the Michelle Obama doing what she does for kids health. What sane person would, she is trying to be proactive and get out a positive message. Its matters like these that discredit repubs at times, just whining to whine. Oh and when the mayor of New York attempted to stop Super Size drinks, whats the big deal?

Its obvious Americans cannot stay healthy themselves or use their brains to stay healthy, so the gov steps in. Put down the crap, walk your neighborhood, get your kids from in front of the Xbox and maybe, Michelle and Bloom won’t have to step in

Big D on February 5, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    Big D: huh?

    skzion on February 5, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    BigD???!!!?!?!?!!?? Nah, sorry, this isn’t the REAL BigD. I can’t believe that. BigD, the Five Star General of Blacks United Against Niggas? YOU’RE NEXT, BUDDY, WHETHER YOU BELIEVE IT OR NOT!!! Since WHEN has big government ever been able to run people’s lives properly? This is about keeping “the plantation” under control.

    Seriously, I think you’re a good guy, you know that. You also know, unlike MANY others on this site, including some of the BEST contributors, I don’t use euphemisms, I don’t call people “libtard” or engage in personal attacks, and I’ve never even come close. I have done shtick with Islamo apologists, which is obviously intended to poke fun at them, but I don’t do insults or personal attacks.

    Having said that, whatchoo talkin’ ’bout, Willis? Bring back the REAL BigD, the one who believes in Liberty, . . .

    and not Tyranny.

    Obamacare, and Moochelle’s fictitious organic garden, are nothing more than a power grab. It’s not about YOU, it’s about THEM!!!

    Alfredo from Puerto Rico on February 5, 2014 at 9:57 pm

Obama: “I did that”

Jack on February 5, 2014 at 5:25 pm

I think you’re being unduly hard on CVS. Maybe the decision was made for altruistic reasons, or perhaps a determination was made that the propaganda value of this move will enhance CVS’ image of “standing for people’s health” and thereby increase patronage and bottom line more than the loss they will take from not selling tobacco. Whatever… its a private company… if anything the move demonstrates the conservative view that private companies should decide what they will and will not sell, and that such things should not be determined by government decrees.

Yossi on February 5, 2014 at 5:28 pm

I support CVS’ position. Almost everyone who smokes will get cancer. Worse, unlike someone who eats candy and gets diabetes, if someone else smokes, I have to breathe in what they exhale. Second hand smoke is a reality. Don’t compare a Hershey’s Bar to a cigarette.

And yes, condoms do reduce the spread of venereal disease, and reduce the spread of little bastards.

There is no basis for complaint here.

Jonathan E. Grant on February 5, 2014 at 5:39 pm

>>CVS is the preferred pharmacy provider for prescriptions for Obamacare plans.<>CVS is Obama’s bitch.<<

Zing! It's kind of bizarre that marijuana smoking is praised by liberals, but tobacco smoking is not allowed. Could the Health Nazis at least be consistent?

CVS is the only large pharmacy near where I live and I shop there often. In every aisle–and even in the parking lot–are advertisements telling you to get a flu shot. Flu shots are becoming mandatory in the health industry; if you don't get one, you can't work in it. You will have no choice about what you can put in your body. Big Pharma drugs are just wonderful for CVS!

I wrote previously that I had no healthcare after my premiums were tripled before my policy was cancelled. I still have no healthcare. We signed up online for Obamacare. The insurance company didn't get the message and had no idea who we were. We were on the telephone for hours at a time. We left our number and no one called back. We finally got a policy number and sent a check, but the company never cashed it. Then, we got another policy number just for me (not my family) and with different premiums. No one at the company responds. I have Crohn's Disease and, thanks to my president, my family's lives are at risk.

Enjoy your police state. It will get worse. Ain't fascism and crony capitalism grand?

Barry Popik on February 5, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    From poster Barry Popik:

    Zing! It’s kind of bizarre that marijuana smoking is praised by liberals, but tobacco smoking is not allowed. Could the Health Nazis at least be consistent?

    CVS is the only large pharmacy near where I live and I shop there often. In every aisle–and even in the parking lot–are advertisements telling you to get a flu shot. Flu shots are becoming mandatory in the health industry; if you don’t get one, you can’t work in it. You will have no choice about what you can put in your body. Big Pharma drugs are just wonderful for CVS!

    Part 1:

    I agree with his first paragraph, and that’s coming from a man who later this year, will observe 40 years smoking pot. However, I can’t afford it anymore, but I still get turn-ons and occasional gifts from friends.

    Part 2:

    As for his next piece, flu shots don’t work, just ask Mike Savage. He’s got a world of information on that. And as for my own ailments, I have knocked everything out of my body that could have been called a cold, flu, etc., for the past 15 years with a special recipe that includes massive amounts of barely cooked garlic. NO flu shots. And I’m asthmatic, although it’s under control, not the Deteriorating Asthma I used to have for many years.

    Barry Popik goes BOOM!!! Good one, sir, love reading your posts.

    Alfredo from Puerto Rico on February 5, 2014 at 10:07 pm

The nanny state keeps growing.

Peter on February 5, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    Like Jabba The Hutt, just sitting around, spreading all over the place, being serviced, unable to move but giving orders, and continuing to spread, like a giant disease.

    Alfredo from Puerto Rico on February 5, 2014 at 11:07 pm

Today Trayvon Martin would have been 19 years old. A youth taken before his time.

Big D on February 5, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    Troll much, Big D?

    skzion on February 5, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    No doubt Obozo the dictator (who smokes legal and illegal substances) gave CVS a taxpayer funded bailout for lost tobacco sales with one of his never ending executive orders?

    Cassandra on February 7, 2014 at 12:37 am

“Answer this: if CVS is so interested in promoting health, why will the store continue to sell sugar-loaded, calorie-heavy candy bars and other junk food? ”


DS_ROCKS! on February 5, 2014 at 8:01 pm

I have a different take on this. I believe this is a carefully contrived marketing plan by CVS to accomplish the following: Make CVS look like a “Caring” company which will appeal to the Sheeple to whom everything is about “Feelings.” The View/Oprah/Dr. Oz low self-esteem crowd will flock to this kind of politically correct marketing. CVS is now a “Good citizen” looking out for us all, making the world a better place, keeping the sheeple safe from seeing the evil (High tax producing) tobacco products when they enter the store to refill their Prozac prescription. This is just the beginning of an advertising campaign – which is really all this is – to attract new customers interested in dealing with a “Socially aware” company. Next step in this campaign will be CVS touting that their stores are “Gluten-free.” In the long run, business is business. CVS’ executives are no fools. They will make up for any lost revenue on tobacco products. Wait for the next shoe, or glass slipper to drop.

Victoryman on February 6, 2014 at 10:31 am

Victoryman, although ‘luagha’s post was short, I think the poster touched on that by saying that CVS is the preferred pharmacy in the Obamacare plans. Of course, promote the idea that CVS cares more, the pharmacy of “the better people,” and of course, who are they? Why, our friendly neighborhood big government power structure, that’s who.

Alfredo from Puerto Rico on February 6, 2014 at 10:57 am

This is why I shop at Rite Aid.

Ken b on February 6, 2014 at 11:45 am

I believe that the appropriate solution to the smoking health issue is to simply make smoking illegal. This would then create a black market for cigarettes, which would promptly be taken over by organized crime, after a series of bloodbaths. Then, the US Government can establish an entirely new unit to enforce the new act that makes purchases and sales of cigarettes illegal, creating wonderful new employment opportunities in our government, judicial systems, and the local police forces. This would also create new opportunties for under-the-table “gratuities” to officials of the US Government, politicians, and the local police forces. All of this would have a tremendously positive impact on the US economy and would improve the health of those who obey the new law. Thank you.

Ralph Adamo on February 6, 2014 at 4:15 pm

this blog is more funny than disappointing. how could some people be so uninformed and at the same time so confident? yes, let’s compare cigarettes smoking with candy and write an article and make fun of ourself. Jesus! you guys are so ignorant that freak people out and make it easier for Obama to do his job! I guess you wanted the opposite though! lol!

tash on February 11, 2014 at 2:36 am

The point about CVS’ “ban” on tobacco products’ being part and parcel on the war against red-state America is valid – and in keeping with the liberal left’s hypocrisy in terms of “ban cigarettes” on one side, and promoting marijuana smoking on the other. Because if any drug could be called a quintessential “blue-state” drug, it’s pot.

ConcernedPatriot on April 29, 2015 at 8:41 pm

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