Every two days, Frank comes into CVS at 3:30 AM to buy two packs of Pall Mall menthol cigarettes. “This is a steal– other stores charge me $13 for two packs.” Ignoring his hacking cough, he hands me the exact change of $7.04, and salutes me in a raspy voice, “Have a great day.”
Every year, millions of Americans can invest in the billion dollar tobacco industry by purchasing their favorite tobacco products from stores like CVS Caremark, Wal-Mart, and other convenient stores.
However, according to a statement released by CVS, the drugstore chain will no longer sell tobacco products to Frank and their other customers. Part of their reasoning? The paradoxical healthcare services offered at CVS stores and the simultaneous sales of tobacco products to customers with high blood pressure and heart disease.
Earlier this week, CVS Caremark joined the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) movement by announcing their decision to…
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