CVS ends tobacco sales

Thursday, February 2, 2023

Site Search

The Daily Article

CVS ends tobacco sales

September 4, 2014 - Jim Denison, PhD

A cashier counts money in front of shelves full of cigarettes at a CVS store in the Manhattan borough of New York February 5, 2014 (Credit: Reuters/Carlo Allegri)

According to The Wall Street Journal, tobacco is the number one cause of preventable disease and death in America.  A U.S. Surgeon General report last month linked smoking to 480,000 deaths annually, and attributed at least $289 billion in annual costs to smoking.  What can one person do about this problem?

Larry Merlo is a pharmacist who became CEO of CVS in 2011.  Yesterday he announced: “The sale of cigarettes and tobacco at CVS pharmacy stores ends today.  By eliminating the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products in our stores, we can make a difference in the health of all Americans.”  His announcement is expected to pressure Walgreen, Rite Aid and Wal-Mart to adopt similar measures.

I spent an evening this week discussing cultural issues with a group of brilliant, passionate young adults.  One of the questions that surfaced repeatedly was, “How can I make a difference?”  They see the great needs of our culture and want their lives to count.

The next morning, I was reading 1 Samuel 10, where Samuel anointed Saul as Israel’s first king.  He promised that when Saul met a group of prophets, “the Spirit of the Lord will rush upon you, and you will prophesy with them and be turned into another man” (v. 6).  That same day, “the Spirit of God rushed upon him, and he prophesied” (v. 10).

Next, Samuel “called the people together to the Lord at Mizpah” (v. 17), where he presented Saul to the nation “and all the people shouted, ‘Long live the king!'” (v. 24).  Then Samuel “told the people all the rights and duties of the kingship” (v. 25).  Finally, “Saul also went home at Gibeah, and with him went men of valor whose hearts God had touched” (v. 26).

What did God give the man he chose to lead his people?  He anointed him, empowered him by his Spirit, conveyed the authority he would need, declared the rights and responsibilities of his work, and gave him “men of valor” to stand with him and for him.  What more did Saul need to succeed in his God-given calling?

Your Lord will do the same for you.  He has a Kingdom assignment only you can fulfill.  Nothing is more important than obeying his call on your life, today.  “Tomorrow” and “yesterday” do not exist.  This day is the only day there is.  Seeking and serving your Father’s will is only way to prepare for eternity, and the best way to live today.

C. S. Lewis described God’s intention for humanity: “He would have them continually concerned either with eternity (which means being concerned with Him) or with the Present—either meditating on their eternal union with, or separation from, Himself, or else obeying the present voice of conscience, bearing the present cross, receiving the present grace, giving thanks for the present pleasure.”

Are you living for eternity today?  If you are, God is using your life to change your world.  So be encouraged: “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:22-24).

Do you agree?

Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture quotations are from the ESV®️ Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®️), copyright ©️ 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. The ESV text may not be quoted in any publication made available to the public by a Creative Commons license. The ESV may not be translated in whole or in part into any other language.

What did you think of this article?

If what you’ve just read inspired, challenged, or encouraged you today, or if you have further questions or general feedback, please share your thoughts with us.

What did you think of today's article?

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Denison Forum Search


Denison Forum
17304 Preston Rd, Suite 1060
Dallas, TX 75252-5618