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Opinion

February 16, 2014

Your view: Letters to the editor

The right decision on tobacco sales

To the editor:

I am writing in support and endorsement of CVS Caremark’s recent decision to make all of its stores tobacco-free. I would also like to praise the company for offering to provide a national smoking cessation program.

This is a noteworthy decision that is one step closer to reducing tobacco use. Most importantly, I hope that this will have a particular effect on youths since the Centers for Disease Control estimates that one in every 13 Americans age 17 and younger who are alive today will die prematurely if smoking continues at its current rate.

As a registered nurse and future nurse practitioner, I see the harmful effects of tobacco each day and I believe we can have a healthier community by abstaining from the use of all tobacco products. When speaking with my patients who use tobacco products, most if not all wish that they had never started using them. Additionally, many smokers suffer from unpleasant side effects or diseases related to the effects of tobacco.

According to the CDC, the US will spend more than $289 billion each year on tobacco related medical care and lost productivity. CVS Caremark’s decision will save not only lives but also money.

I commend CVS Caremark for doing its part in the fight against tobacco and can only hope that more pharmacies and other businesses will do the same.

Ashley Lowery BSN, RN

Methuen

Why I support Salem High renovation plan

To the editor:

I am writing this letter to my fellow “empty-nest” homeowners in Salem, who like me may no longer have a personal need for the educational programs the school district provides.

The condition and performance of the schools were a consideration when I moved here 27 years ago, and understandably, any prospective purchaser of my home will take this into consideration when making an offer. I’m voting yes to protect my investment.

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