CVS Takes a Deep Breath -- and Quits Selling Cigarettes

CVS Health Has Launched an Integrated, Multimedia Campaign to Support Its Post-Cigarette Brand Positioning

Published On
Sep 03, 2014

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To call attention to its decision to stop selling tobacco products, CVS Pharmacies -- part of the newly rechristened CVS Health corporation -- has launched an integrated digital, print, experiential, out-of-home and broadcast campaign, starting with two spots. "Deep Breath" and "We Wish" both feature scenes of happy, healthy people enjoying life, and a folksy announcer who explains why CVS decided to quit selling cigarettes. The spots also plug a new smoking-cessation program and introduce a new tagline, "Health is everything."

The experiential portion of the campaign involves a giant cigarette butt stubbed out in a giant red ashtray, strategically positioned today in New York City's Bryant Park as a media stunt. The ashtray and the cigarette, both labeled "Cigarettes Out. Health In," bring to mind the much-larger-than-life cigarette-butt sculptures of pop-art icon Claes Oldenburg.


Sep 03, 2014
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Siegel & Gale
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Tom Darbyshire
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Regina Iannuzzi
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Bill Schwabb
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Rani Vaz
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Morgan Seamark
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Francine Li
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Justin Perrelli
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Cullen Schielle
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RSA Films
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Sherri Margulies
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Danielle Sclafani
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Nice Shoes
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Chris Ryan
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Ed Koenig
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Rebecca Mitchell
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Tone Farmer
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Sound Lounge
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