Target: CVS Pharmacy CEO Larry J. Merlo
Goal: Encourage all pharmacies to stop selling cigarettes
CVS Pharmacies have made a very bold move in the name of consumers’ health. All CVS Pharmacies will no longer sell cigarettes by the end of year 2014. While this will come as a shock for many, this move shows CVS’s dedication to health and wellness; cigarettes are proven to be detrimental to the health of the smoker and those inhaling the smoke second hand. This decision may be the nudge needed for every pharmacy to stop selling cigarettes.
Cigarette use is linked to lung cancer, heart disease, and chronic respiratory disease. Cigarettes claim 440,000 lives in the United States every year; smoking is the largest cause of preventable death. Smoking cigarettes is linked to 90% of people who are diagnosed with lung cancer. These statistics show that smoking should not be supported, nor should cigarettes be sold at a pharmacy.
Banning cigarette sales at pharmacies makes sense. Pharmacies provide ways to stay healthy and ways to help unhealthy people become healthy. Cigarettes do not belong in this environment; CVS wishes to become more focused on healthcare, and it suspects that its decision will encourage other pharmacies to follow suit. Applaud CVS Pharmacy for implementing this cigarette ban and advocating health.
Dear Larry J. Merlo,
Cigarettes use is responsible for 440,000 deaths annually in the United States. Smoking-related diseases cost taxpayers billions of dollars: smoking causes heart disease, certain types of cancers and respiratory disease. Thank you for stepping up as a concerned company. CVS Pharmacies’ ban on cigarette sales is a bold and necessary move for the health of consumers.
This decision ensures that CVS Pharmacies will be viewed as healthcare centers; the stores will carry items designed to help people feel better, rather than be an outlet where one can buy a cancer-causing tobacco stick. I applaud you for this bold move and encourage you to continue to find ways to help consumers better their health.
It is my hope that your decision inspires other pharmacies and establishments to stop selling cigarettes. Healthy living must be encouraged; thank you for taking healthcare seriously.
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