JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- We won’t be carded when fixing chipped fingernails after all.
CVS has rescinded a rule imposed last week that would have required customers buying nail polish remover to show identification. The rule also would have limited the amount of polish remover a customer could buy.
Most polish removers contain acetone, which can be used as a main ingredient in the production of methamphetamine, according to the National Drug Intelligence Center.
The rule might have put a significant chip in the skyrocketing growth of the nail polish business, which is surging at record levels. Nail polish sales, heralded by nail art and new creative polish finishes, were up 51 percent in 2012 over the previous year, according to market researchers The NPD Group.
The drugstore company’s ID policy had not yet taken effect in Florida, but was already in place in several Northeastern markets.
In Florida, customers buying cold and allergy medications containing pseudoephedrine, another possible meth component, are already required to show identification. Customers must be 18 or older and can buy no more than 3.6 grams a day, with purchases tracked by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
In 2010, CVS agreed to pay $77.6 million after acknowledging it sold pseudoephedrine-containing medicines to criminals in California and Nevada who used the drug to manufacture meth.