February 5, 2014, - 2:31 pm
So, CVS drugstores/pharmacies announced that they will no longer carry tobacco products, especially cigarettes. Hey, you know who also had a war on tobacco? Hitler. CVS says this is all about health and promoting it. Don’t believe the hype. Check out any CVS store and you will see the following, as depicted in the store ads, photos of store aisles, and so on. In one ad flier pictured below, CVS gives you $4 in “Extra Bucks” if you spend $12 on fattening, sugary ice cream and desserts.
Answer this: if CVS is so interested in promoting health, why will the store continue to sell sugar-loaded, calorie-heavy candy bars and other junk food? Why isn’t CVS getting rid of potato chips? Why will it continue to sell beer and other alcoholic drinks? And why does the store sell condoms galore? Some people might say condoms help spread disease (they promote false confidence, too, as they aren’t 100% reliable). But they also encourage sex–pre-marital, extra-marital, and otherwise. Is that healthy? Is a diet of Coca-Cola and Snickers healthy? How ’bout regular beer-guzzling?
If CVS wants to become the health police, it’s gonna have to stop selling a whole lot more than just cigarettes and other tobacco stuff. This isn’t about health. It’s about a politically correct war on “Big Tobacco” that never ends and–let’s be honest–a war on the red state American South, where most of it is still grown and processed. And it’s a political war against an industry that is still very viable in America and provides employment and benefits to a lot of Americans.
I don’t smoke and never have (and I don’t want to ingest others’ smoke). But many, mostly working-class Americans still do smoke (and pay sky high taxes to help fund Hezbollah and big government). And smoking is still legal, last time I checked. But it’s fashionable to attack Big Tobacco. And while attacking Big Junk Food is becoming more in vogue , dumping all of the stuff I mentioned above would put CVS out of business . . . or, at least, cut into its margins very significantly.
The next time a chain of stores tells you it’s policing your health for you, say no thanks. You can do that just fine, yourself. If you’re an adult with a modicum of intelligence, you don’t need CVS to tell you what you should and shouldn’t ingest. For the record, I’m big-time into health. But I really don’t need CVS sticking its nose into my life, nor do you. If you or I want to buy something that’s legal, we don’t need CVS pointing the “not healthy!” finger at us. Just like we didn’t need the Obamas doing it. And we don’t need a major drugstore chain inserting itself in the war on “Big Tobacky.”
I applauded, last year, when CVS refused to carry the Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Islamic Terrorist Supermodel Edition of Rolling Stone. But no cheers from me on this.
Spare me the CVS silicone sanctimony on cigarettes. CVS Caremark is really CVS Don’t-Care-That-Much-Mark.
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