I am responding to John Starr's letter, "CVS halt of tobacco sales is a publicity stunt" (Feb 8). Like Dr. Starr, I wondered if CVS' next step would be to take all unhealthy snacks off their shelves as well. Small steps, Dr. Starr.
In 1985, there were cigarette machines in my workplace; by 1990, they were gone, and smoking was banned in the building. Over the years, I have seen a definite decline in the number of smokers among my own family members and co-workers. Many of them quit smoking, and good for them. Older smoking co-workers retired, and it seems that fewer of the young people have the habit. Sure, there are still outdoor smoking areas, but at least I don't have to smell it (or start smelling like it) while I work, eat in a restaurant, shop, etc. There are still snack machines in my workplace, and snacks are still sold everywhere that people gather. But when you eat a chip, the smell of your chip doesn't get into my hair or clothes or up my nose (unless I'm standing way too close!), and the calories and fat don't transfer to me the way that cigarette smoke does.
Publicity stunt or not, CVS made a bold move and will lose a lot of money because of this decision. I commend them.
Carol G. Rosenthal, Reisterstown
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