CVS cuts period product prices by 25%, pays ‘tampon tax’

Starting this month, CVS customers will see some major changes to menstrual products at pharmacies nationwide.

Price reductions will include CVS Health brand tampons, menstrual pads, liners and cups at CVS Pharmacy core locations. 25% off applies to regular retail price only – no promotions or sales items included. Discount effective at CVS locations on or before October 13, CVS says.

CVS said it is currently paying applicable sales tax on seasonal products on behalf of customers in 12 states: Arkansas, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Missouri, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin and West Virginia. The change is effective October 5, according to CVS.

Some states have laws against organizations paying taxes on customers, CVS notes.

In addition, the drugstore brand says it evaluated “thousands of products” to ensure “women’s” and “men’s” products like razors and shaving creams are priced the same.

“We don’t think women should pay more than men for the same thing,” CVS wrote.

The change is part of CVS’s “Here, Healther Happens Together” initiative, which will include expanded women’s health services in its Clinic Minutes.

The so-called “tampon tax” or “menstrual tax” refers to the sales tax added to period care products. The existence of a sales tax on goods that people need – and that people who are not menstruating – have been criticized for years.

A 2021 study from George Mason University found that 1 in 10 college women experience “period poverty,” which means they have little or no access to menstrual hygiene products.

The study found that the era of poverty most affected women of color, in addition to immigrants. People who experience period poverty also report using non-menstrual products instead of things like tampons or pads, in addition to using tampons longer than recommended. Some are reported to have to return without complete.

Currently, 22 US states tax menstrual products, a July report from nonprofit data sources US facts explain States that issue menstrual products are: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia , West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Recently, Scotland passed Product Period Actbecoming the first country in the world to ensure that menstrual products are made free for citizens.

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