America's public health challenges -- from the prevalence of diabetes to poor nutrition to air pollution to climate change to the health that cities foster -- require the active participation of business if they are to be overcome.
CVS's decision, which will take effect nationwide in October, is an admirable one, precipitated by the changing role of drugstores: from convenience stores to health care providers that increasingly offer flu shots and treat minor health care needs in walk-in clinics.
This past week drugstore chain CVS announced that it will no longer sell tobacco products at its stores. But why stop there? Ever been to a CVS? There are plenty of other products that they sell that should also be taken off the shelves.
Rather than hiding, CVS publicly stood up and declared its decision for the world to see. The company should be respected for being transparent. Whether or not they will be rewarded for the decision remains to be seen.
At a time when the stock market is plunging and a once-venerable Wall Street investment house is going bankrupt, it may seem like all is lost. Not true. In fact, amid the carnage, some examples have emerged that stir --shall we say--a cautious optimism about getting free of this mess.