Rhode Island based CVS-Caremark announced Wednesday that it will stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products in its stores starting this year. CVS said it is the first national chain to make this move.
The goal is to have cigarettes and other tobacco products off the shelves at its more than 7,600 stores by October 1st. CVS-Caremark’s CEO calls selling tobacco inconsistent with the store’s purpose.
CVS plans to launch a smoking cessation program in the spring, offering information on how to quit and treatment at its pharmacies.
Even President Obama is talking about rising college tuitions as students return to campus. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay talks about what this all means for our flagship public university, the University of Rhode Island.
The days are getting shorter, the breezes off our cobalt coastline are cooler. The rhythms of fall return. In our cozy corner of New England, a timeless harbinger of the season is students thronging college campuses.
The August issue of Rolling Stone magazine is having some circulation problems because of the man on its cover.
CVS, Walgreen’s and Tedeschi Food Stores are refusing to sell the August issue of Rolling Stone magazine because the cover features a picture of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
The Woonsocket-based CVS issued a statement saying, in part, “As a company with deep roots in New England and a strong presence in Boston, we believe this is the right decision out of respect for the victims of the attack and their loved ones. “
Woonsocket City Council President John Ward visits the Roundtable this week to talk about the outlook for fiscal stability in the northern Rhode Island community; the debate over tax policy in Rhode Island; and how to keep more young workers in the Ocean State.
Woonsocket City Council President John Ward is concerned that jobs provided by CVS Caremark Corporation could vanish if the company loses a big chunk of a state tax credit.
"Based on their reaction, I'm a little concerned," Ward said, referring to how CVS lobbyist Robert Goldberg said the company may reconsider its ties to Rhode Island if it loses part of a job development tax credit worth about $15 million a year.
Westerly Hospital is closer to being acquired by the CT-based nonprofit Lawrence & Memorial. That might provide some relief to the financially troubled hospital, which has been in receivership since late last year (see lots of great posts about that by my illustrious predecessor).