Drugstores can make a difference

To the editor:

Monadnock Voices for Prevention would like to give a huge shout out to CVS. CVS has decided to stop the sales of tobacco products from its stores by October 2014. Public health experts called the decision by the No. 2 U.S. drugstore chain a precedent-setting step that could pressure other stores to follow suit.

Cigarette smoking is widely recognized as the leading preventable cause of illness, disability and premature death in the United States.

Today one in five deaths is cigarette-related. This accounts for more than 430,000 deaths each year. Half of all regular users will be disabled or die as a result of smoking.

In May, 2000 the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences moved secondhand smoke up to the category of known causes of cancer in humans.

CVS, the role model for pharmacies, stepping up to save lives.

Polly Morris

Regional Network Coordinator,

Monadnock Voices for Prevention

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