Smoking is out at City Hall.
City politicians took to Twitter today to applaud CVS’s announcement that its stores will no longer sell tobacco after Oct. 1.
“Thanks to @CVS_Extra for taking bold action to improve public health & make vision of a #tobaccofree generation one step closer to reality,” wrote Comptroller Scott Stinger, a longtime anti-smoking activist.
Congresswoman Grace Meng of Queens hailed the CVS decision as an investment in the city’s youth. “@CVS_Extra’s decision will help combat #tobacco use among kids throughout NYC and the entire the country. #safekids,” she wrote.
“Bravo,” added Councilman Mark Levine. “Will others follow suit?”
Former Mayor and anti-smoking crusader Michael Bloomberg also weighed in with a statement on his website. “CVS’s decision to eliminate tobacco sales is a major milestone in the effort to reduce tobacco use,” Mr. Bloomberg wrote, “and it sets a new bar for all companies that market themselves as pharmacies and health care centers.”
And Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda said the news was a spot of sunshine in the midst of yet another snowstorm. “Some good non-weather related news today,” the politician tweeted.