No ifs, ands or butts in smoking debate

A funny thing happened on the way to smoke-free restaurants and bars in cities and towns — business didn’t suffer as much as predicted amongst the gnashing of teeth and predictions of mass walkouts. Some people actually preferred not sitting in a fog of second-hand smoke as they enjoyed their drink or food.

Recently, CVS Pharmacy announced it would stop selling cigarettes as it stood in direct view of their mission of being a health services company. For 50 years, we have known that cigarettes were bad for us, but it is only now that it dawns on a major pharmacy that selling them is counter-productive to its efforts. Most independent pharmacies made the decision decades ago.

Still, we wait to see if other large retailers follow suit. With teen smoking on the decline and the majority of the public’s 40-year kicking of that habit, maybe they are seeing the writing on the wall.

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