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Feb. 15, 2014 @ 11:57 PM

Hats off to CVS for tobacco decision
I applaud CVS for taking this giant step to help curb smoking cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco by deciding not to sell those products in its stores. Maybe the youth of today will see the wisdom and health benefits of not using tobacco products. $2 billion in sales is a considerable amount of sales for a company to terminate. Hopefully, the shareholders will embrace this move instead of calling for the heads of the officers.
Now with this said, why can’t CVS, as well as other chain drug stores, see the forest for the trees when it comes to the selling of alcoholic beverages? The same can be said for stopping the sale of these types of beverages, especially with the number of DUI arrests, repeat offenders and deaths from drunk drivers. Are the lives of the unfortunate ones who are killed by a drunk driver (sometimes repeated offender) not as valuable as the smokers lives?
West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky have far too many DUI repeat offenders (some repeaters in double digits) not to take a serious look at reducing the chance of someone else being killed by an offender buying his alcoholic needs at a drug store. Sure, there are plenty of places that booze can be purchased but the same can be said for tobacco products.
HATS OF TO CVS! Maybe other chains will follow its example.
Luther Clary
Huntington

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