News

UIS Expert: CVS Tobacco Decision Won’t Impact Bottom Line

UIS Expert: CVS Tobacco Decision Won’t Impact Bottom Line

Photo: clipart.com, Newsradio WTAX

If you’re selling yourself as a health business, you can probably do without cigarettes for sale. That’s how a number of experts see the decision of drug store chain CVS to drop tobacco products from its stores.

Starbucks doesn’t sell jeans, because it’s not consistent with their image,” says Dyanne Ferk, assistant dean of the Department of Business Administration at the University of Illinois at Springfield. She says CVS sees itself as “a health care provider, a health care products provider, and having those cigarettes on the shelf is not consistent.”

Ferk says losing $2 billion worth of business – out of more than $120 billion – may be palatable, as CVS stands to gain from opening “minute clinics” in its stores; you could get a quick doctor visit and then go straight to the pharmacy.

Recent Headlines

8 hours ago in Local

A Hand Up for Minority Business

local_news_generic

ADME program

9 hours ago in Local

Memorial, St John’s Owed $76M

medical

State budget impasse is to blame

9 hours ago in Local

Opposition Mounts against Dunkin

ken dunkin

Republicans would welcome him

9 hours ago in Local

“Four Tops” Meet This Week

state_capitol_3

Rauner promises, but won't specify, compromises

1 day ago in Local

Chicago Officer Sues Estate of Teen He Shot, Claiming Trauma

wtax 011015

A white Chicago police officer who fatally shot a black 19-year-old college student and accidently killed a neighbor has filed a lawsuit against the teenager's estate, arguing the shooting left him traumatized.