A lot of people are excited that CVS is going to stop selling tobacco products sometime later this year. They are a little late coming to the table. My father bought Santa Monica Drug Co. in 1944. In 1951, he stopped selling all alcoholic beverages. By the mid-1960s, he stopped selling all tobacco products and all narcotic drugs. Even though he grew up in a very poor immigrant family I clearly remember him telling my mother, “I don’t care if it makes money, I didn’t become a pharmacist to harm people.” His integrity, along with his concern for his customers may explain why we’re now in our 70th year in business in Downtown Santa Monica.


Bob Litvak

Owner, Santa Monica Homeopathic Pharmacy

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