I will admit, I occasionally dabble in tobacco.
Currently I own 3 hookah pipes and in college I smoked bidis and cloves. Although I do have hookah pipes, they’re only brought out on social gatherings. But I found it interesting that a few weeks ago as I was sitting and watching television, I got an urge to smoke a cigarette. I can probably count on one hand how many times I’ve actually smoked a cigarette. A light bulb went off in my head and reminded me that I had a pack of American Spirit cigarettes in a drawer that I got for free after redeeming a coupon.
But someone else got to them before me.
As I opened the box, every cigarette was broken in half. I immediately knew who the culprit was, and he was in his room playing video games. I couldn’t even get mad. I laughed and chucked the box in the garbage. But not before I made it known I saw his handy work. Apparently it was done a year earlier. He found it funny it took a year for me to realize what he’d done.
Yesterday, CVS announced they would no longer carry tobacco products in their stores. Even with the loss of $2 billion in sales (that’s a lot of smokes) the company felt that they couldn’t offer health services, along with selling a product that is detrimental to people’s health.
“Ending the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products at CVS/pharmacy is the right thing for us to do for our customers and our company to help people on their path to better health,” Larry J. Merlo, president and CEO of CVS Caremark, said in a statement. “Put simply, the sale of tobacco products is inconsistent with our purpose.”
Even the president, a former smoker, praised CVS for their commitment to health.
“As one of the largest retailers and pharmacies in America, CVS Caremark sets a powerful example, and today’s decision will help advance my administration’s efforts to reduce tobacco-related deaths, cancer, and heart disease, as well as bring down health care costs — ultimately saving lives and protecting untold numbers of families from pain and heartbreak for years to come,” Obama said in a statement Wednesday.
What is also interesting is that CVS doesn’t have plans on discontinuing their alcohol products. Now if only they can refill a prescription in less than 2 hours.