CVS move applauded by smokers
BATON ROUGE - Some smokers in Baton Rouge support decisions by the national drugstore chain CVS to stop selling tobacco products.
CVS said it stands to lose $2 billion worth of sales when it pulls tobacco from the shelves, which the company's CEO said was "inconsistent" with their purpose of being a health care provider.
The decision has already won the approval of at least a couple of long-time smokers in Baton Rouge.
"I'm a smoker, but like most smokers, I wish I wasn't," said Dan Godoy. "So I think it's a good idea. I applaud CVS actually."
Godoy and his friend Charles D'Antoni have been smokers for more than four decades, but still said that CVS is going in the right direction.
"I like what they're doing," D'Antoni said. "I'm a smoker, I know better. Anybody thinking of starting, don't do it. It ain't worth it."
However the state overall isn't doing much, according to a January report released by the American Lung Association. If found that in 2013 Louisiana failed to make any progress in the fight against tobacco use. The report suggested Louisiana do more to enforce smoke-free workplaces, place higher taxes on tobacco products and supply more funding for tobacco prevention and anti-smoking programs.
CVS said all tobacco products will be gone from their shelves by October.
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