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.