Dear Mr. Coats,
I want to thank CVS for taking leadership in the U.S. smoking problem by removing the sale of cigarettes from all CVS stores later this year. It certainly makes no sense to sell cigarettes at one counter and products designed to stop the smoking habit at another. My hope is that others may recognize this conflict and take similar steps.
If cigarettes are made less available, more people are likely to try to give up smoking, but even more importantly, a certain number of teens may not initiate the habit. While yours may be only a drop in the Public Health bucket, every effort, however small, is helpful and puts CVS on the side of health improvement as opposed to monetary gain.
You action to improve Public Health may give comfort and support to our representatives, who currently are considering a law to curtail smoking throughout Kentucky. Like yours, leadership there would be extremely helpful and, I think, well received by a large majority of Kentuckians just as it has been in Hopkins County.
Dr. Dan A. Martin, M.D.
Hopkins County Health Department
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