Coalition Applauds CVS Decision to go Tobacco Free

Coalition member George Steer penned this recent commentary piece that was published in The Roanoke Times:

I am writing to applaud CVS’s valiant decision to “quit for good” the sale of tobacco products (“CVS is kicking the tobacco sales habit,” Feb. 6 news story).

This move will cost the company about $2 billion in lost revenues annually.

Picture this: A parent goes to a pharmacy to buy asthma medicine for his child and purchases a pack of cigarettes at the same time. This will no longer happen at CVS.

In 1978, when I worked in a community hospital in Maryland as a respiratory therapist, we had a cigarette machine in the lobby of the emergency department.

A few years later, after I spoke to my boss about how inappropriate this seemed to be, the machine was removed.

Visit the link at the top of the article for the full piece.

 

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