CVS Health quits U.S. Chamber of Commerce over tobacco

CVS Health Corp said it was withdrawing its membership from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce after media reports that the trade group was lobbying globally against anti-smoking laws.

The No. 2 U.S. drugstore chain said it was “surprised” to read recent reports on the chamber’s position on tobacco products outside the United States.

The New York Times reported last week that the chamber and its foreign affiliates were lobbying against anti-smoking laws such as restrictions on smoking in public places and bans on menthol and slim cigarettes, mainly in developing countries.

“CVS’s purpose is to help people on their path to better health, and we fundamentally believe tobacco use is in direct conflict with this purpose,” CVS spokesman David Palombi said…

The chamber said blah, blah, blah

CVS became the first major U.S. drugstore chain to stop selling tobacco products last year.

Good for you, folks. That decision to stop selling cigarettes and tobacco products, last year, made you my #1 choice for a drugstore.

As for the corporate barons who run the Chamber of Commerce, their hardest decision is whether to sweep out the pockets of fossil fuel barons like the Koch Bros or spend all their waking hours polishing the wingtips of the military-industrial complex.

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