States Urge Retail Giants With Pharmacies to Stop Selling Tobacco Products

Grant CochraneLetters were sent from more than twenty attorneys general representing 28 states and territories to five of the country’s largest retailers: Rite Aid, Walgreens, Kroger, Safeway, and Walmart, encouraging retailers to discontinue selling tobacco products in stores that contain pharmacies. The leaders of the group of attorneys general, Eric T. Schneiderman and Mike DeWine, are urging the other retailers to follow the example CVS Caremark set forth in February to stop selling tobacco products. Drugstores and pharmacies are marketing themselves as a place for providing community health care and services, by selling tobacco products retailers are contradicting their own message. What are your thoughts about retailers discontinuing the sale of tobacco products to promote better health?

For additional information, please see The New York Times.

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