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NY Asking Major Pharmacies to Stop Selling Tobacco Products

New York's Attorney General Eric Schneiderman joined Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine on calling major pharmacies to stop selling tobacco products.
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. 

Click the links for copies of the letters sent to Kroger, Rite Aid, Safeway, Walgreens and Walmart, as well as the letter commending CVS for its actions.
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