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Illinois Urges Major Retailers to Pull Tobacco from Shelves

U.S. attorneys general say a company that provides health care services shouldn't also sell tobacco products.

A month after CVS Caremark pharmacy corporation vowed to stop selling tobacco products by Oct. 1, 28 U.S. attorneys general are calling on others to do the same. 

The group is urging major retailers to yank tobacco products from shelves, calling it contradictory to offer the items in stores that also provide health care services.

Chief executive officers of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Kroger Co., Safeway Inc., Walgreens Co. and Rite Aid Corp. received a letter from the attorneys general Sunday, Reuters reports. 

“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,” New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a statement on Monday.

Other states and territories represented in the group included Arizona, Connecticut, Illinois, Puerto Rico and Guam. 

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JusticeLeague March 18, 2014 at 10:34 AM
It's a great idea. I feel pharmacies promoting good health should not sell cigarettes. It also limits their liability to selling to minors. Pull booze off the shelf and replace it with produce.
Tony March 18, 2014 at 05:51 PM
Yes. The government should be choosing all of our meals, choice of drink, hobbies, books and pull every product the government has deemed unhealthy both mentally and physically. What the hell is going on in this country? These politicians can't tackle the challenging issues so they focus on the rediculous trying to dictate to people and corporations. Useless check stealing politiciAns! It's a dirty rotten shame!
James P. McMahon March 19, 2014 at 09:03 PM
Great idea. Let's ban tobacco and legalize marijuana. Makes sense to me!
Garrett Fifer March 23, 2014 at 06:27 PM
To all the people making the, "But they also sell alcohol!" argument. You must not be aware that alcohol kills only a small fraction of people when compared to tobacco. According to the CDC, excessive alcohol consumption (key-word being excessive) leads to 88,000 deaths annually; while tobacco is responsible for 480,000 (almost a half-million) deaths annually. Furthermore, alcohol can be safely consumed in moderation without a large risk of addiction or cancer. In fact, alcohol (especially red wine) has health benefits. Tobacco has not one single health benefit and the most common outcome of consuming it is addiction, chronic illness, and shortened life expectancy. Tobacco companies profit off addiction. So please, take your uneducated comparisons elsewhere.
Greg Alan March 24, 2014 at 10:48 AM
Not arguing here, about the facts of tobacco, and how it kills people. Not comparing alcohol, to tobacco, & which 'drug' kills MORE people. People make CHOICES to buy these items. People also choose to drink irresponsibly, and kill, injure, & affect families, when they choose to DRINK & DRIVE! Smokers affect their own health! Which is more evil? I agree with Tony!

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