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The Marlboro Mandate
Wall Street Journal, by James Taranto

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Posted By:BamaMan, 2/11/2014 2:57:51 PM

Sometimes it´s wise to resist the temptation to form an opinion on every event related to culture and politics. The guys at MediaMutters.org note one such case under the headline "Fox Freaks Out Over CVS Ending Sales of Tobacco": On February 5, CVS Caremark announced that it would stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products at its pharmacy stores by the beginning of October. . . . On Fox´s The Real Story, host Gretchen Carlson approached the CVS decision with suspicion and a remarkably uninformed premise, asking, "Is it OK legally . . . to restrict tobacco availability in a private store

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Pete Stone, 2/11/2014 4:53:28 PM     (No. 9728515)

An amusing column by James Taranto.
When you get down to cases, though, CVS has what seems to be a good reason to cut tobacco sales. CVS´s main business is health care through its pharmacies and its administration of many company prescription plans. Selling tobacco (a drug delivery system that is demonstrably bad for people´s health) is bad for the corporate image and may in the long run hurt their prescription insurance business. Better to drop a product line that serves a shrinking market than to risk harm to its core business.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: snakeoil, 2/11/2014 5:20:50 PM     (No. 9728547)

Who goes to a drug store to buy tobacco? You can´t get into a convenience store with all the people buying tobacco, booze, and lottery tickets. Haven´t smoked in decades. But there are some health benefits to smoking. Insects are less likely to bite you if you smoke. They hate your smell. Which is what some people said about me when I smoked. Had an aunt who gave up smoking for a strange reason. She thought cigarettes were too expensive.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Tiger, 2/11/2014 5:30:35 PM     (No. 9728556)

Tobacco or drugs, pick your poison!

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Reply 4 - Posted by: franq, 2/11/2014 5:33:55 PM     (No. 9728561)

I applaud CVS. It will mean a substantial loss of revenue. Of course, some customers will get through more quickly, not having to stand behind someone requesting some obscure brand in a hard pack...

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