Today is one of my favorite days of the year, it is Kick Butts Day or Texas Tobacco Free Kids Day here in the state! Kick Butts Day is a day that is dedicated to tobacco prevention groups doing events simultaneously all around the world. Here in the State we have adapted this day into Texas Tobacco Free Kids Day so that it is recognized as a state wide event for tobacco prevention with the Say What! groups. Kick Butts Day (#KBD) is organized by The Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids and this year for #KBD they are having people show their support of CVS’ decision to stop selling all tobacco products by the end of the year. They are asking supporters of CVS to pose with a flyer in front of a CVS store, take a picture and post it online with #StandWithCVS.
CVS announced last month that they will stop selling all tobacco products by October 1st of this year. This decision comes with the companies recent changes and plans for their company in the near future. CVS is now CVS Caremark and they plan to be a health care provider! They agree that tobacco has no place in a pharmacy, or health store. Congrats to CVS for doing what is morally right to care for their customers! Hopefully, other national pharmacies will follow CVS and prove that their customers are valued.
I find it extremely ironic that Walgreeens’ motto is “At the Corner of Happy & Healthy” but literally in the corner of their store is tobacco products. Come on Walgreens follow CVS and do what we all know is right!
During South by South West (SXSW) last week in Austin; Toms, the company known for their One for One initiative, announced their new giving project. They are now selling coffee and giving water to an individual in a third world country that the coffee came from! For every bag of coffee bought on their website they promise to give a person water for one week.
The coolest part of what Toms is doing is that they are opening coffee shops and the first one is here in Austin on South Congress near Hopdddy and Home Slice Pizza! It is so well designed and reflects the values of the company. The coffee shop is also a store where they are selling their shoes, glasses and other products from other companies they support.
In the shop they sell the coffee and serve it like a normal coffee shop, each cup of coffee gives water to a person for one day. They have another coffee shop in Venice, California at their flagship store and they plan to open stores all across the country.
It is exciting to think that we may soon see a Toms Roasting Co. Shop on every corner, like starbucks, and we can change the world by simply drinking coffee.
Again Toms has remind us that it is possible for all of us to make a difference!