Drugstores and retailers like Walmart have long been under fire for promoting healthy food, products, and lifestyles while simultaneously giving store space to harmful cigarettes. However, it now seems that all the scrutiny has led the retail giant to make some changes.
Walmart Inc. is now in the process of removing cigarettes from certain stores in California, Florida, New Mexico, and Arkansas. The decision reportedly follows many years of discussion among the chain's leadership on the topic of tobacco sales and revenue.
As a result of the cigarette snuff-out, customers can expect a different look at Walmart stores affected by the decision. The retailer may increase the number of self-checkout stations, for example, and dedicate more space to convenience items typically purchased at the front of the store.