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NY Asking Major Pharmacies to Stop Selling Tobacco Products
By Joe Gullo
ALBANY, N.Y. - New York's Attorney General Eric Schneiderman joined Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine on calling major pharmacies to stop selling tobacco products.
A press release says Attorney General Schneiderman, Attorney General DeWine and 28 other Attorney Generals have written to the CEOs of Walmart, Walgreens, Rite-Aid, Safeway, and Kroger asking them to remove any and all tobacco products from their shelves.
“Pharmacies and drug stores, which increasingly market themselves as a source for community health care, send a mixed message by continuing to sell deadly tobacco products,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “The fact that these stores profit from the sale of cigarettes and tobacco must take a backseat to the health of New Yorkers and customers across the country. I urge these companies to do the right thing and remove tobacco products from store shelves.”
Tobacco-related disease is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, causing more than 480,000 deaths in the last year alone – more than AIDS, alcohol, illegal drug use, car accidents and firearm-related deaths combined.