Goodbye Marlboro! CVS, we applaud you!

Goodbye Marlboro! CVS, we applaud you!

The Life You Can Save wants to take the very unusual step of applauding an action of a specific corporation − CVS, because today the large pharmaceutical retail store announced that they will ban all tobacco products in their stores. This courageous corporate action could, if followed by other retailers, significantly reduce morbidity and mortality from the #1 killer in the United States − cigarettes.

Although The Life You Can Save is dedicated to supporting effective NGO's that clearly reduce unnecessary illness and premature death among the world's 1.2 billion poorest people, we can't help wanting to applaud this action and urge other retailers to follow CVS. Quitting smoking, no matter where you live, is one of the most effective ways to support wellbeing and avoid unnecessary illness and premature death. We also urge people who have quit smoking to use some of their saved dollars to donate to our recommended charities. That way The Life You Can Save will be your own… and someone else's.

Congratulations to CVS and everyone who has stopped smoking!!

If you like this, you can take action and sign our petition to immediately stop selling tobacco products in Walgreens retail stores.

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Charles Bresler

After earning a PhD in Social and Clinical Psychology from Clark University, Charlie became Director of Behavioral Medicine for The California School of Professional Psychology, Fresno (CSPP-F), where he was a full-time professor and founder of a teaching clinic for treating anxiety & stress disorders. He was recruited to The Men’s Wearhouse where he became head of human resources, stores, and marketing and ultimately President. He stepped down in order to fulfil his long-standing desire to work directly on social and economic issues, especially wealth inequality. In 2013, Charlie became volunteer Executive Director of The Life You Can Save, a non-profit dedicated to reducing extreme poverty and its devastating effects on over 700 million people globally. Through his financial support and leadership, Charlie has helped TLYCS’s Founder, Peter Singer, develop the organization from the ground up. Charlie lives on Bainbridge Island, Washington with his wife Diana, a family physician, who partners in supporting The Life You Can Save. He welcomes discussion and questions at

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