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Smoke-free CVS just a business decision [Letter]

I have a CVS, Rite Aid and Walgreens all within walking distance. Each one is great, have fine products, excellent service and fabulous bargains at times. Whether CVS sells or doesn't sell cigarettes won't change my shopping habits ("CVS goes smoke free," Feb. 6).

Although I don't (and never did) smoke, I'm not about to fall for the altruistic slush of CVS or how that hundred-billion-dollar corporation wants to "send a message." Operating a drugstore today is an aggressive business. I think the choice of CVS to go smoke-free is just another way to ratchet up pressure on rivals. And I hope my other favorite stores are not hurt by this ploy.

Everyone knows smoking is dangerous. We don't need CVS to wave the "mommy flag" as a way to compete with my neighborhood drug stores. Actually, I see the CVS decision as a slick business move!

Rosalind Ellis Heid, Baltimore

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