SunFyre is written by a guy in a wheelchair, thus "...words from a seated position." However, this journal isn't about being disabled. I'm a husband, father of twins, entrepreneur, author and occasional political pundit.
This morning my family and I were in great danger. Around 5:30 AM a marauding band of men came into our neighborhood. There were two, perhaps three, riding up and down our residential streets. During the wee hours, motorcycles could have woken us up so the chose a large truck with a crushing mechanism attached.
Luckily, Max, our trusted Labrador retriever and resident superhero had been standing guard all night long outside the bedrooms of our children. As a matter of stealth, he laid on the floor, eyes closed in the dark. But anyone that knows Max also knows that he wasn't sleeping, merely closing his eyes to hide their whites.
The truck rumbled, in front of each house it sent the orange jump-suited men on recon missions to determine their best targets. You can tell a lot about the residents of a home by examining their refuge, and clearly these men recognize the value of that information. They were well organized.
“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt.”
― Charles M. Schulz
“Without pain, how could we know joy?' This is an old argument in the field of thinking about suffering and its stupidity and lack of sophistication could be plumbed for centuries but suffice it to say that the existence of broccoli does not, in any way, affect the taste of chocolate.”
― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars
“My therapist told me the way to achieve true inner peace is to finish what I start. So far today, I have finished 2 bags of M&M's and a chocolate cake. I feel better already.”
― Dave Barry
I don't wish very many people ill will. However, if you are a tobacco executive, I hope you burn a long and fiery existence in hell.
Personal rants aside, I want to give a huge shout-out to CVS. They are the first big company to phase out all tobacco sales in their stores. Their position is that they want to be a bigger healthcare provider, and can't grow a reputation based on health that includes selling products that are anti-health.
It's a start. If you remove everything from a pharmacy that is unhealthy, the shelves would be pretty much bare, but it's a great start.
Tobacco is the single biggest blight on our healthcare system. It costs non-smokers billions of dollars a year. It's a leading contributor to the top three causes of death in America today.
Ultimately, it will cost CVS millions in revenue. It will also take a while to phase out, because, dropping millions in revenue means eliminating jobs which they are trying to prevent.