A Smoke Free Pharmacy?
CVS announced today that as of October 1, 2014, they will no longer sell cigarettes or other tobacco products. They will be the first national pharmacy chain to take this big step towards supporting health and wellness. You can find out more details HERE.
Since the announcement this morning, there has been a deluge of supporters saying “thank you” and “about time”. There have also been an onslaught of the outraged and upset. Go figure. The general consensus from those unhappy with the decision by CVS to be smoke free has been, “how dare you presume to dictate what I can and can’t smoke”. I get it. I really do. No one likes to be told what they can and cannot do. The problem with this argument is that CVS is not telling anyone that they can’t smoke. They are just standing behind their mission to support wellness.
If your street corners are anything like mine, all you’ll have to do is cross the street to a Rite Aid, Walgreens, or other pharmacy, grocery or convenience store to pick up your pack of smokes. No big deal. I applaud CVS and their decision to act in the best interest of the American public despite the fact that they are looking at a huge loss in revenue by not slinging cancer sticks.
What do you think?