Attention all drug stores: Follow CVS on stopping tobacco sales!

This is a great move by CVS/pharmacy. They have stopped selling all tobacco products at their stores. My father Bill Garrity and I did this decades ago at our store, Garrity Drug. One day in 1989, my dad approached me and said that since we were in the business of health care, we should not be harming people’s health. We discussed the issue at length and decided that the money we would lose in not selling tobacco products mattered less than the lives we would be improving.

My dad was a forward thinker. He wanted to promote health no matter the cost. CVS is a trend setter for this round of retail health care vs. harmful toxins. Walgreens has expressed no interest in following suit, possibly because they have had low earnings and various other bad publicity issues of late. At least one chain drug store has re-introduced the movement a small independent drug store in Freeport, Illinois started many years ago.

Tobacco (nicoteine) is one of the most addicting substances known to man. The other ingredients included in tobacco cause damage to one of the most vital organs we have: the lungs. If you can’t breathe, you die. Every emergency room physician or nurse will tell you that finding an airway is critical to life.

Please help keep the movement alive by calling your local pharmacy and requesting they stop selling tobacco products. We need to stand up and be responsible regarding our health and the health of others. Smoking isn’t cool, it kills.

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