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Pat McMahon

CVS spells 'Integrity'

I smoked for about 30 years. I have no idea why.

Oh, wait -- I know why I continued that long: I was addicted to nicotine.

But everything -- my breath, my hair, my clothing -- all smelled like tobacco. I had brown stains on my fingers and my teeth were yellow. Oh, and I was killing myself.

Attractive, huh?

Well, with the help of my family, I quit, and that's when the rest of my life began.

On Wednesday, there was also big news about quitting, when CVS pharmacies announced they were ending the sale of cigarettes and all other tobacco products by Oct. 1. Seems like a common sense thing to do for a health organization, especially when it will cost their 7,600 stores a combined $2 billion.

And while I'm shouting their praises, don't bother to shout back at me the sophomoric argument that CVS should then stop selling wine and gummy bears, because they can be bad for you, too. Must I remind you that it's the misuse of anything that can be harmful? Tobacco simply has no positive value.

Congratulations, CVS, I'm proud of you.

Now, Walgreens...can we talk?

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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