Comment: Smokers boycott CVS

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Smokers boycott CVS

Well, I hope they will - given the corporation's new policy of making employees prove they don't smoke or charging them hefty premiums for health insurance. Smoking is hardly the only "risk factor" where health is concerned!

STRESS is a killer! "According to Healthy People 2000, a report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, stress has a great impact on our health. Did you know that: 70-80% of all visits to the doctor are for stress-related and stress-induced illnesses; Stress contributes to 50% of all illness in the United States; The cost of job stress in the U.S. is estimated at $200 billion annually, including costs of absenteeism, lost productivity, and insurance claims." See also

And no matter what study you look at, DIVORCE and FINANCIAL CIRCUMSTANCES are *always* among the TOP CAUSES of STRESS.

~ DIVORCE: "The health consequences of divorce are so severe that a Yale researcher concluded that "being divorced and a nonsmoker is [only] slightly less dangerous than smoking a pack a day and staying married.""
I hope CVS plans to charge divorced employees add'l premiums! Why should others pay for their lack of ability or willingness to get along? P.S. The CHILDREN in divorce are also more prone to experience physical and emotional health issues. Extra premiums should be levied on divorcees with children covered by family plans!

~ FINANCES: Living on $23,000 or less is considered poverty for a family of four, $11,170 or less for a single-family HH. I'm sure it does cause stress when you can't make ends meet! If CVS is going to "charge" employees for their lifestyles with risk factors, it will surely be willing to "pay" its employees enough to eliminate risk factors the corporation itself is causing! DITTO for...

~ "WORK CONDITIONS," another known cause of STRESS - such as maybe requiring "flexibility" with a work schedule - meaning (instead of hiring daytime, evening, & weekend employees) the employees' work schedules can change each week: different days per week and/or hours per day. It wreaks havoc on outside responsibilities! Especially where children are concerned, and doubly so for single parents! I hope CVS will address *that* health-related stress it causes its employees!

But SMOKING and STRESS are hardly the only risk factors regarding health! In all fairness, I DO hope CVS plans to charge its employees health-insurance premiums depending on an analysis of their DIET - such as if they consume ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, and GENETICALLY-ENGINEERED FOODS (most w/corn or soy ingredients, for one):
~ "Artificial Sweeteners Not So Sweet For Your Health"
~ "Five Health Dangers of High Fructose Corn Syrup"
~ 50 Harmful Effects of Genetically Modified (GM) Foods

The list could go on...

If CVS plans to hold smokers responsible for a lifestyle posing health risks, it needs to hold other employees personally responsible for risky choices as well. And it needs to hold itself responsible.

In the meantime, given a policy discriminating against smokers, I do hope that, among the 43.8 million American adults who smoke, those who are CVC CUSTOMERS will look elsewhere to buy pharmaceuticals, health & beauty aids, stationery, and other items the corporation profits from in selling to them.

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir