On December 15, 2010, I posted an article about the campaign to get CVS and other Drug Stores to stop selling cigarettes.  On December 6, 2011, I posted another story, this time it was by a guest writer, Terence A. Gerace, PhD, National Coordinator, CVS Sells Poison Project.

Today, CVS announced that it will stop selling tobacco products by October 1, 2014.  I saw the story on Yahoo and on Google.

This really speaks to the power of grass-roots advocacy.  No – I do not believe that Gerace’s project was the only thing that persuaded CVS to change its position.  Still – it had to have a strong impact.  When will other companies get on board – Walgreens – that means you.

Ah – the cynic in me is starting to take flight.

CEO Larry Merlo noted that chronic conditions are made worse by smoking.

“We’ve come to the conclusion that cigarettes have no place in a setting where health care is being delivered,” he said.

What about other products on their shelves?

  • Alcohol – wine and beer are sold in many states.
  • Highly processed Junk food.
  • Phony weight loss products

This list can go on and on – depending upon your POV.

I don’t believe that we will ever go back to the days when Pharmacies were just Pharmacies.  Those days are gone forever.  Still – if they really are morphing into Health Care facilities – other lines must be drawn.