Valley Businesses To Benefit From Chain's Decision to Stop Tobacco Sale

By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email
By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email

Harrisonburg, Va. (WHSV) -- Soon smokers will have fewer places to buy tobacco. After October 1, 2014, CVS will stop selling tobacco at its more than 7,000 stores nationwide. That decision could help other businesses here in the valley.

It's all apart of the campaign, 'CVS Quits For Good'.

With CVS not selling tobacco, they're scheduled to lose close to $2 billion, with many customers going to other convenience stores.

"There is plenty of other places that you can purchase them, it's not really a big deal," said Ryan Pugh, who normally buys his cigarettes from CVS. He said he will travel to a nearby Exxon gas station for his cigarettes from now on.

Jack Blosser thinks right now there is a war on smokers in this country with Starbucks' recent decision to ban smoking within 25 feet of the coffee shop.

"I mean you go to hospitals, you got to smoke out on the sidewalk near the highway, so now you got the option of getting hit by a vehicle," said Blosser who is a smoker.

Blosser has been smoking for close to 30 years said he will have no reason to shop at CVS once the company makes the change.

"I think there is reason to take into consideration people's health and awareness of what smoking does," said Ruthann Colby Martin who is a non-smoker.

"Ending the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products at cvs pharmacy is simply the right thing to do for the good of our customers and our company," said a spokesperson for CVS, in a statement posted to its website.

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