States Ask Big Retailers to Halt Tobacco Sales
More than two dozen state attorneys general have asked retail giants to follow CVS’s lead and halt the sale of tobacco products in stores that also have pharmacies.
Attorney generals sent letters Sunday to Walmart, Rite Aid, Walgreens, Kroger and Safeway, urging them to stop selling tobacco products in stores that also sold health products. “There is a contradiction in having these dangerous and devastating tobacco products on the shelves of a retail chain that services health care needs,” the letter said. The attorney generals from 28 states wrote that they hope to usher in a “time when cigarettes simply cannot be purchased from a business that sells products prescribed by doctors.”