Tobacco is the most dangerous drug

I agree with CVS's decision to stop selling tobacco products.

Tobacco is the most dangerous drug worldwide, and daily cigarette smokers are drug addicts. The surgeon general's politically correct statements don't work, so perhaps blunt verbiage will.

  • Drug users often become addicted, and tobacco users almost always become addicted.

  • Dopamine's released into the brain when smoking tobacco. This "feel good" sensation the user craves is the same reaction that occurs in users of cocaine, meth and pot. This chemical reaction is why tobacco addicts smoke their drug all day long.

  • Like all habitual drugs, tobacco fools addicts into thinking they're in control of their addiction, when they're not.

  • More people die annually from tobacco than from wars, murder, cancer and car accidents combined.

    Now, consider how anyone not addicted to this drug is forced to breath the exhaust of the addicted in public. I find this appalling, and it's high time tobacco's called out for what it is -- the most dangerous and addictive drug in the world. State this on cigarette packs.

    Trevor Ebbert

    Walnut Creek

    The CVS decision is disingenuous

    As a practicing retail pharmacist, I find the announcement by CVS pharmacies to stop selling tobacco products and shift its focus to health care to be disingenuous. Pharmacies are by definition supposed to be about health care!

    CVS states it will still continue to sell alcohol products, even though any pharmacist will tell you that hundreds of medications clearly should not be taken with alcohol. Where is the logic in having CVS pharmacists label prescription medications with warnings about the concomitant use of alcohol when the pharmacy where the prescription is dispensed has alcohol products for sale?

    This is a serious health care issue that needs to be addressed.

    Anne Wardell

    Richmond

    Let's hope CVS leads others to follow

    Let's hope CVS is a leader to other stores to eliminate the sales of cigarettes.

    Whenever I see a young man smoking in public I ask him, "Do you have a white shirt and tie at home? Because you are going to die from smoking and you want to look nice in the casket for your mother." One smart aleck said that he was going to wear a tuxedo. Asking young girls, "Do you have a nice dress at home?" The answer usually is that they don't have any dresses.

    My father smoked himself into St. Ann's Cemetery at the age of 69, not having met all his grandchildren.

    Be sure to thank CVS on your next visit there and mention it to other stores.

    Mary McMahon

    Livermore