Family Dollar, the nation's 2nd largest chain of dollar/discount stores, has announced that it will begin selling cigarettes and other tobacco products in the coming months to its often financially stressed discount shoppers.
Which makes us wonder: What does Family Dollar value? Let Family Dollar know that there is NOTHING family friendly about selling tobacco.
You should be proud of the fact that, in your 53-year history, you have never participated in tobacco sales, which needlessly kill more than 400,000 Americans each year. Why dirty the history of Family Dollar now by selling the products responsible for that?
Cashing in the health of your customers for profit hurts your image, the health of your customers, and the fiscal health of the communities where you do business.
Many retailers have pulled tobacco products off their shelves as an act of corporate responsibility, which makes your unprecedented backslide from tobacco-free to "tobacco sold here" seem even more opportunistic and reckless. Peddling products that kill more than half of all people who use them cannot possibly be a sound business decision.
We should be able to bring our families into a Family Dollar store and have a family-friendly experience. I strongly urge you to reverse your decision to sell tobacco products.