Thursday, September 18, 2014

Letter to Wal Mart about Ending Cigarette Sales.....

September 18th, 2014 Thursday

To: Walmart Stores, Inc.

Chief Executive Officer,

Carl Douglas Mcmillion

850 Cherry Avenue

San Bruno, California  94066

From: Mr. Tracy Charles Gibson,

Disabled Worker, Philanthropist, Businessman, Writer, Advocate.

Post Office Box 42878

Philadelphia, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania  19101-2878

Phone: 1 (215) 921-2065

Dear Mr. Mcmillion:

I hope you and your family and friends in the corporate are doing well, because if you do well and are generous, caring and giving, we all end up doing well over the long run.  I have been writing some of the major Pharmaceutical companies and mentioning the fact that it is a really rather odd thing that our Pharmaceutical companies in the United States sell cigarettes when they are charged with and supposedly dedicated to making us all better, well and healed. I am sure I don’t need to tell you of the very telling and devastating health risks involved with the traditions of smoking cigarettes.  My feeling is, and it is a growing concern in our country, my feeling is we don’t need our Pharmaceutical companies selling cigarettes when they are such a danger to health.  Such risks are especially acute with young people who might start smoking at the age of 20 and smoke for 13 years. This has a very bad and deleterious impact on health in general, one’s ability to be strong and agile, and one’s ability to avoid  lung cancer and related health risks. I wrote CVS Pharmacy and they had the courage and had the sensitivity to eventually take the cigarettes off the shelves and replace them with smoking cessation and smoking alternative products.  One thing I have NOT written to the Pharmaceutical companies about this issue is that I lost my Mother, MRs. Jessie Mae Thornton Gibson to lung cancer [emphysema] and when I was a child I used to go to the corner store and buy Her a pack of Spring cigarettes quite often.  I think that memory couples with my own health concerns surrounding eating and preparing food for the better nutrition idea has caused me to continue this letter writing campaign.  I hope Wal Mart can also think very long and hard about what they are doing by not offering more products that are low in salt and sugar.  At least offer an alternative so people can be courageous and make a healthy choice if they so choose.  This will work out in helping lower health insurance costs for the corporate structure—which WalMart is a part of—as well as decrease the problems of health risks that can be burdensome, costly and sometimes even devastating to the American Family because of personal loss. I thank you for reading this letter and I am very thankful that you have a customer service division where people can write to give suggestions.  I would like to offer my services to you as a consultant if you wish to hire me.  I would have to work from my Philadelphia home, but I'm sure I could offer some future-thinking suggestions that would help WalMart turn their ship around and stop going against the Public’s health Spirit and start adding significantly to public health and public wellbeing.  I will be adding a resume to this letter, so it may take me a few days from the time I’m writing this to actually mail the letter and resume.  Be well and Stay well,


Peace & Blessings,


Mr. Tracy C. Gibson




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