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Letter: CVS gets mission right without cigs

A clerk stands at the cigarette counter at

A clerk stands at the cigarette counter at a CVS drugstore Feb. 5, 2014, in Washington, DC. Credit: Getty Images / Karen Bleier

It has puzzled me throughout my nearly 40-year career as a registered pharmacist that retail pharmacy owners can reconcile their roles as health care providers while selling tobacco products ["CVS to stop selling cigs, other tobacco," News, Feb. 6].

So I was very happy to see that CVS, one of the largest chains of retail pharmacies in the nation, has decided that its stores will no longer sell tobacco products. Even though this will cost the company revenue, it has decided that its role as the first line of defense in protecting the health of the public is far more important.

Congratulations to CVS on this important decision!

Leonard Cohen, Wantagh