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March 30, 2015

States Urge Pharmacies to Stop Selling Tobacco

“More than two dozen attorneys general sent letters on Sunday to five of the country’s largest retailers, encouraging them to stop selling tobacco products in stores that also have pharmacies, which would follow the example CVS Caremark set with its announcement earlier this year that it would stop selling such products in its drugstores,” the New York Times reports.

“The letters were sent to Rite Aid, Walgreen, Kroger, Safeway and Walmart, five companies that are among the biggest pharmacy retailers in the country.”

“The letters do not mention any potential legal action if stores decline to institute a ban; they simply urge the retailers to follow CVS’s lead. But a person with knowledge of the group’s thinking said that if the retailers did not act voluntarily, a push for reform or litigation could be a step down the road.”

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