"There is a fundamental concern that the content of such magazines normalises the treatment of women as sexual objects. We are not killjoys or prudes who think that there should be no sexual information and media for young people. But are teenage boys and young men best prepared for fulfilling love and sex when they normalise views about women that are disturbingly close to those mirrored in the language of sexual offenders?" -Dr. Peter Hegarty
Citing its preference to heal people rather than kill them, CVS/Caremark announced today that it would stop selling cigarettes and tobacco products in 7,600 stores around the country by Oct. 1, 2014.
The move will cost the pharmacy chain $2 billion in annual sales, but also highlights a shift in company philosophy: “We have about 26,000 pharmacists and nurse practitioners helping patients manage chronic problems like high cholesterol, high blood pressure and heart disease, all of which are linked to smoking,” said CVS chief executive Larry J. Merlo. “We came to the decision that cigarettes and providing health care just don’t go together in the same setting.”
EDIT (12/17/13, 3:45pm): Within hours of this post going viral, I received a call from Helen Moore, the CSD for Golden Gate Bus. It was a good call. They’re paying attention. They want to fix this. I don’t know what will happen with the driver who laughed and shook my…
So awful that a woman has to fear for her LIFE if, God forbid, she doesn’t have a working cell phone or pepper spray on her. Because of course it’s HER fault for not being prepared.