Hurray! CVS Pharmacy, Peddler of Health Products, Will Stop Selling Cigarettes

CVS cigarettes

It's been a decade or longer since my little local drug store, a small chain called Arbor Drugs, closed up shop and the property was sold to CVS Pharmacy.I still remember, though, how shocked I was upon entering the new establishment for the first time, to find that the entire front of the store was filled with crap that was harmful to people:  cigarettes and cigars; liquor; sleazy, off-color magazines, and junk food, marketed with their in-your-face, you-need-this-everyone's-doing-it … [Read more...]

Pope Urban: Patron of Nonsmokers?

Once upon a time, I took home delivery of the Detroit Free Press—allowing its ink to smear my fingers, spread to my cheek, leave smudges on the kitchen table.  To my irritation, my children left it around, comic pages spread wide on the living room floor.  My husband read the Sports Page instead of engaging in witty repartee.I’m digital now; but I have a vague memory from those olden days of a newspaper column I really enjoyed—something like “Things I Learned En Route to Learning Other Things.” … [Read more...]


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