To the Editor:
CVS has decided to stop selling tobacco products. CVS has the right to decide which products it will sell in their stores. However, this action will do nothing to reduce the sale or use of tobacco products.
There is a way to reduce the sale of tobacco products, especially the sale to children and young adults. Because the use of tobacco products is so harmful, I would have the United States Congress pass a law limiting the sale of tobacco products. Tobacco products could only be sold by the carton and in vending machines. In addition, payment would have to be made by credit cards. Giving or selling small amounts of tobacco products to anyone would be punished by a fine of $100 for the first offence and $500 for each additional offence. Stores that sell only tobacco products would not be required to use vending machines.
The cost of a carton of tobacco product and the fines involved would make it difficult for adults to provide tobacco products to their underage friends. Vending machines could be placed inside or outside each store based on the needs of the storeowner. The use of credit cards would give each state and the federal government an exact record of the tobacco taxes paid and each credit card company would forward these taxes monthly to each state and to the federal government.
Best of all, the use of tobacco products by children would be greatly reduced.