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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

"CVS spins end to tobacco...‏.‏" 'James "Kimo" Rosen

James “Kimo” Rosen is a retired professional photographer living in
 Kapa'a with his best friend Obama Da Dog, Rosen also blogs as a hobby...

Above photo, Rosen at Rocky River Alaska 1984


CVS spins end to tobacco

Headlines similar to  this are  appearing in almost every major newspaper in the country," "CVS Renames Itself CVS Health as It Ends Sale of Tobacco ..."

If CVS and Longs are so concerned about health, why are shelves still stocked with alcohol and pharmacies still dispensing addictive prescription drugs? And do I dare mention the rows of high calorie snack food and sugary candy?

Cigarettes are one of the most heavily taxed consumer products in the United States. Federal, state and local governments collect more money from the sale of cigarettes than retailers, wholesalers, farmers and manufacturers combined. 

 By eliminating tobacco sales in 8,000 stores CVS is getting free editorial space in nearly every newspaper from The New York Times to the Garden Island, ad space that would've cost a bloody fortune. 

 My spin is that CVS has found a way to look good at the tail end of statistics already in free fall. And we fell for it.

 According to Gallop trends annual Consumption Habits poll, cigarette smoking has gone from a high of 45% percent of our nation smoking in 1955 to 20% in 2011. And it is still dropping. The promotional itself states that 18 million people smoke. 

Despite the millions of research compilations proving the deadly health effects of tobacco use, CVS continued pushing the product until now, with tobacco sales so low shelf space can be better used by more popular consumer purchases. 


P.S.  This blog was also  featured as an opinion article in 09-18-14 edition of the Honolulu Staradvertiser


Check out my opinion article in the 09-18-14 edition of the  Honolulu Star-Advertiser; I copy and pasted it below for those who do not have a subscription;  http://staradvertiser.newspaperdirect.com/epaper/viewer.aspx


Tobacco ban at CVS a cynical maneuver

If CVS and Longs are so concerned about health, why are their shelves still stocked with alcohol and pharmacies still dispensing addictive prescription drugs?
And do I dare mention the rows of high-calorie snack food and sugary candy?
Cigarettes are one of the most heavily taxed consumer products in the United States. Federal, state and local governments collect more money from the sale of cigarettes than retailers, wholesalers, farmers and manufacturers combined.
By eliminating tobacco sales in 8,000 stores, CVS is getting free editorial space in nearly every newspaper, from The New York Times to the Star-Advertiser — ad space that would have cost a fortune.
Despite the millions of research compilations proving the deadly health effects of tobacco use, CVS continued pushing the product until now, with tobacco sales so low that shelf space can be better used by
more popular consumer purchases. James “Kimo” Rosen
Kapaa, Kauai
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18 comments:

Harmony Bentosino said...

Of all those things, tobacco is the worst, & they got to start somewhere. Most of the other things are Ok in moderation.

KimoRosen said...

Yes, true, however if they were making a huge profits, they never would had ended selling tobacco, the shelf space can be more profitable selling something else. Ironically, even the local health food store sells organic tobacco with rolling papers...

Harmony Bentosino said...

It's called harm reduction. If you're hell bent on doing something unhealthy, there are ways to make it less harmful like giving clean needles to heroin addicts or condoms to people who engage in unsafe sex.

Deborah Morel said...

What is the root of all evil, again?

Chester "Unc" Lau said...

Kimo,you are right,CVS is right ,so let's take grandma's advices let's have CVS stock more Kosher food on their shelves ,

KimoRosen said...

Yes, more Kosher food in Lieu of Tobacco, Unc for President!

KimoRosen said...

the root of all evil? Cashola!

Rick Comstock said...

via Staradvertiser LTE;
Motive was a corporate board room decision to increase visibility of name. Good article of "the rest of the story"...... Watch out ABC Stores CVS is looking thru the crack of your doors to grab shoppers.

KimoRosen said...

They made everyone believe they were so concerned with the health of their of their customers, it's all about dollars and 'SENSE...'

Rick Comstock said...

I loved to listen to Paul Harvey "The rest of the story"..... Now I have "Kimos View" good honest thoughts to ingest.

Chester "Unc" Lau said...

Shalom Rabbi:
Your letter to HSA published today. congratulation ....unc

Chester "Unc" Lau said...

I am waiting for my KOSHER delicacies

KimoRosen said...

They will make money if they stock the shelves with kosher food! ;-)

Chester "Unc" Lau said...

Chinese Monk's vegetarian foods are very healthy & tasty , health food restaurants in the Far East are usually pack with many Jewish & Muslim dinners .

Chester "Unc" Lau said...

Chinese monk's food usually obtainable on Chinese new year around February,best are from grandma's home kitchen ,yum yum

Renee Harden said...

via Staradvertiser LTE;
"Some people (ie. me) "require" "addictive" prescription meds to recover from things like, 5 Spinal Fusions...I'm just saying, count your blessings that those meds will be available when you get rear-ended & blow out your back...."

Rick Comstock said...

Wow did this conversation make a left turn. There is never a mountain to high to climb. It's satire, party pooper..... JK

Deborah Morel said...

Excellent story, Kimo. Honolulu newspaper smart to publish it.