February 6, 2014

Readers support CVS tobacco decision

PLATTSBURGH — The decision by the CVS drug-store chain to stop selling tobacco products won applause from most Press-Republican Facebook readers.

“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 released Wednesday.

“Put simply, the sale of tobacco products is inconsistent with our purpose.”

We asked our Facebook followers to share their thoughts on the CVS decision, which goes into effect in October. The post received almost 65 “Likes” within a couple of hours.

Here are some of the responses:

Chris Jones: “The removal of tobacco from CVS stores is a good thing. Convenience stores make lots of $ from the sale of tobacco and related items, and I applaud CVS for doing this. Making this political, which some are, is a stretch for sure. I don’t smoke, and most certainly will support this.”

Khristina Heffernan: “About time!

Lindsey Marking Jess: “It is a huge step forward in the tobacco movement. Having tobacco side by side with medicines to cure illnesses caused by tobacco is quite contradictory. Way to go CVS!”

Judy Laramie: “My independent pharmacy has done that for years.”

Lyn Bennett Wilson: “3 of the 4 members of my house have asthma. Mine is triggered by smoke. Thank you CVS.”

Sue Hagar-Miller: “Great step in the right raise the price of cigs so they’re unaffordable!!!! YES!!!”

Marita Rumph: “Great decision but why is October the target date? Why so long?”

Stephanie Gardner Walsh: “Why r they selling it in the first place?! That’s what I think.”

April Ames Bundrick: “Awesome! Ban that crap across the nation.”

Ann Jason Whalen: “Great idea! Wish all would do this, including grocery stores.”

Alex Berkman: “I never thought a Drug Store should be selling tobacco products.”

Steve Cooley: “I don’t smoke either but as an American I’d like to be able to feel free to smoke and purchase tobacco if I choose to. But that’s no longer the case — all we seem to do is cave in to the pressure of the non-smokers and don’t give me the crap that I still have the right to smoke because 90 percent of the time if I chose to smoke I’d have to all but leave Earth to do it.”

Lauren Lloyd: “It makes sense. Their purpose is to help people and by not selling this product they are doing their job. Yes I am a smoker trying to quit, but truly support this move.”

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