I am glad CVS is doing that but there is nothing altruistic in their efforts. CVS has decided there is more money to be made in healthcare then there was in poisoning their customers but it took them a long time to figure that out. They are hoping that by giving vaccines in their pharmacies and employing nurse practitioners to do the jobs of doctors for pennies on the dollar you will also buy your meds, magazines, and umbrellas while you’re there.
When it served their purpose they sold tobacco and now that it doesn’t they are trying to act like they are everyone’s health advocate. Its all about the money with them just as it is with any large company. Those same CVS stores are also selling plenty of useless holistic remedies and herbal supplements that do no one any good but its financially expedient so they do it. They only care about their public image and heir financial health not the actual health of their customers.
It seems to me, though, that any business that sells health care products should put health first at all times. The very least they could do is to stop selling tobacco.
Holistic “medicine” is in a different category and requires a different approach, but holistic medicines are not sold in the quantities that tobacco products are. I would wager that drugstores don’t make a fraction of their profits in holistic medicine that they make selling tobacco products.
I can’t criticize CVS for taking a step in the right direction, even if it isn’t completely altruistic and is only one step. Rome wasn’t built in a day.