If Congressional Democrats Cared So Much About Smoking…

In the wake of CVS’s announcement a few months ago that it would stop selling cigarettes, several heavyweight Democratic U.S. senators wrote to Walgreens, Rite Aid, and Walmart, asking them to follow suit and stop selling cigarettes, the online publication Politico reported.

The senators’ letter to Walmart said that

We recognize the legality of selling and profiting from tobacco products; however, Walmart’s position as the nation’s largest retailer of any kind puts your company in a unique position to contribute to the health and well-being of all Americans.

This is another of those situations like the one Dorothy faced in The Wizard of Oz. If you’ll recall, in case you haven’t seen the movie lately – although The Curmudgeon isn’t sure how anyone can not have seen that movie lately – Dorothy was given the magical ruby slippers early in the movie but didn’t come to understand until the end that she had always had the power to use the slippers to return to Kansas.

In other words, if these Senate Democrats care so much about curtailing cigarette smoking, why don’t they use their powers as, you know, U.S. senators, to attempt to pass a law banning cigarettes in the U.S.?

Wouldn’t that be a more productive approach than just complaining about it?

Until they do that, their complaints about retailers selling cigarettes amounts to little more than what comes out of the business end of those lucrative little cancer sticks: a lot of hot air.

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