Faculty Articles

Title

Banning Tobacco Sales at the Retail Pharmacy: Natural Evolution of Drug Store As Responsible Health Provider Or Effective Marketing Strategy?

Publication Title

Health marketing quarterly

Volume

32

Issue

4

Publication Date / Copyright Date

1-1-2015

First Page

382

Last Page

393

Abstract

CVS Health has taken a strategic marketing move by banning tobacco sales. They risk losing customers who buy medications and cigarettes at their drugstores. They estimate they will lose 2 billion dollars by banning cigarette sales. CVS Health believes they will benefit from being regarded as health care partner by insurers and banning cigarette sales is an important step in being recognized as such. The Affordable Care Act expanded access to pharmacy-based medical clinics, increased affordability of medications, and expanded the clinical role of pharmacists. CVS Health is positioning itself to take advantage of these changes.

Disciplines

Medicine and Health Sciences | Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Keywords

Commerce, Health Personnel, Health Promotion, Humans, Marketing, Pharmacies, Smoking Prevention, Tobacco, United States

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