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Hawai`i Longs Stores Requiring ID for Nail Polish Remover

August 14, 2013, 2:34 PM HST
* Updated August 14, 2:36 PM
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Move over fertilizer and hydrogen peroxide, there’s a new “dangerous substance” in town.

Starting last month, CVS Caremark Corp, the parent company of Longs Drugs, began requiring customers to furnish photo identification before purchasing nail polish remover at most stores nationwide.

The move was part of an effort by CVS to track purchases of products containing Acetone, an ingredient sometimes used in the production of methamphetamine substances. Acetone, which is extremely flammable and can knock people unconscious when inhaled, is used to make “crystal meth” more appealing cosmetically.

Although CBS News reported today that CVS will be overturning the rule for many stores in the US mainland, the ID requirement will still be mandated for stores within the state of Hawai`i.

Apart from furnishing identification, Longs Drugs customers shopping for nail polish remover in Hawai`i must also be 18 years of age or older to purchase the product.


Big Island Now made phone inquiries to staff at major retail outlets on Hawai`i Island, including Walmart, Walgreens and Target stores to find out if any of them had ID requirements in effect for the purchase of nail polish remover. None of the businesses contacted had yet implemented such a policy.

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