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Pharmacies are a trusted source of health information and where people go to buy products to stay healthy and get better when sick. The sale of tobacco products is incongruous with the vital health care role that is played by pharmacies and pharmacists. Find out more by scrolling through our lists of resources.

See our list of Municipalities with Tobacco-free Pharmacy Laws.



Model Ordinance Prohibiting the Sale of Tobacco and Unregulated Nicotine Delivery Products by Health Care Institutions



Tobacco-Free Pharmacy Laws






CVS Has Ended Sales of Tobacco

On February 5, 2014, the CVS/Caremark drugstore chain announced that it would stop selling tobacco products on October 1st. The company implemented the policy a month early, in September 2014. The company's web site announcement provided video statements from CVS leadership, infographics, and also links to their press releases on this issue. The CVS Facebook page had further reaction and information.

In a USA Today article on the issue, CVS' pharmacy president Helena Foulkes stated:

"Selling tobacco is very inconsistent with being in that business. We really thought about this decision as it relates to the future as a health company ­ it's good for customers and our company, in the long run."

President Obama praised the decision in a Washington Post article:

"As one of the largest retailers and pharmacies in America, CVS Caremark sets a powerful example, and today’s decision will help advance my administration’s efforts to reduce tobacco-related deaths, cancer, and heart disease, as well as bring down health care costs – ultimately saving lives and protecting untold numbers of families from pain and heartbreak for years to come. I congratulate – and thank – the CEO of CVS Caremark, Larry Merlo, the board of directors, and all who helped make a choice that will have a profoundly positive impact on the health of our country."

On February 26, twenty-six of the nation’s leading public health and medical organizations issued an open letter calling on drug stores and other retailers to follow the example of CVS Caremark and end the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products.

See more in the News section of this page.
See the associated JAMA op-ed regarding ending tobacco sales in pharmacies.
Other studies relating to this issue are in the Research section of this page.

The American Pharmacists Association Applauds CVS Caremark's Commitment to Stop Sale of Tobacco Products

CVS Health study on "The Effect of a Policy to Eliminate Sales of Tobacco in Pharmacies on the Number of Smokers in the Region." This study stated, "This preliminary analysis, using a unique data source, suggests that the enactment of policies to eliminate the sale of tobacco products in any retail outlet with a retail pharmacy was associated with reductions in the number of people that purchased tobacco products in Boston and San Francisco. The findings are bolstered by the fact that reductions were not seen in the number of people purchasing other products in these cities, and reductions in tobacco purchasing were more pronounced in Boston and San Francisco and than other cities without a ban."


In 2008, San Francisco became the first U.S. city to adopt a tobacco-free pharmacy law. Boston and Needham, Massachusetts, followed suit in 2009.

These cities are leading the way in recognizing that cigarettes and pharmacies don't mix. In San Francisco, Walgreens and tobacco giant Philip Morris filed restraining order requests against the law to prevent the implementation of the city's tobacco-free pharmacy law. Courts denied both requests and allowed the law to go into effect as scheduled. Walgreens even claimed in a recent action alert that it needs to sell tobacco products in order to counsel people to quit smoking.

When is the last time you heard a drug store checkout clerk counsel someone to buy cessation products rather than cigarettes?

Cities like San Francisco and Boston are doing the right thing by seeking to reduce healthcare costs and disease burdens through better prevention policies and programs.

For more information, read ANR's press release, Why Cigarettes and Pharmacies Don't Mix: Prescription for Change and also check out the resource materials linked at the bottom of this page.

Here is a partial list of cities with a tobacco-free pharmacy ordinance or regulation. For a more complete list, view our list of Municipalities with Tobacco-free Pharmacy Laws.

San Francisco, CA
Acton, MA
Amherst, MA
Arlington, MA
Ashland, MA
Athol, MA
Barnstable, MA
Barre, MA
Bedford, MA
Boston, MA
Brookline, MA
Buckland, MA
Chatham, MA
Concord, MA
Dartmouth, MA
Deerfield, MA
Easton, MA
Everett, MA
Fairhaven, MA
Fall River, MA
Falmouth, MA
Gardner, MA
Gill, MA
Gloucester, MA
Greenfield, MA
Harwich, MA
Hatfield, MA
Haverhill, MA
Lee, MA

Lenox, MA
Lowell, MA
Malden, MA
Marion, MA
Middleborough, MA
Montague, MA
Needham, MA
Newton, MA
Oxford, MA
Pittsfield, MA
Rockport, MA
Salem, MA
Saugus, MA
Shelburne, MA
Southborough, MA
Springfield, MA
Stockbridge, MA
Sudbury, MA
Townsend, MA
Wareham, MA
Watertown, MA
West Boylston, MA
West Springfield, MA
Westford, MA
Westport, MA
Westwood, MA
Whately, MA
Winchester, MA
Worcester, MA

New York City advertisement opposed to tobacco sales in pharmacies

Resources | News | Related Research


Regulating Pharmacy Tobacco Sales: Massachusetts

Prohibiting the Sale of Tobacco Products in Pharmacies
Tobacco Control Legal Consortium

The American Medical Association (AMA) has a resolution on this issue:

D-495.994 Oppose Sale of Tobacco Products in Pharmacies

Our AMA: (1) specifically and publicly opposes the sale and marketing of tobacco products, including cigarettes, in pharmacies; (2) will communicate with appropriate federal agencies, including the bureau of alcohol, tobacco and firearms, many public health groups, various pharmacy trade groups, and media outlets, in seeking their help in removing tobacco products, including cigarettes, from pharmacy shelves; (3) will work to pass legislation at the local, state and federal levels to accomplish the goal of banning tobacco sales in pharmacies nationwide; (4) will work with Federation members and national organizations concerned about tobacco use to develop a recognition program for pharmacies that voluntarily agree to eliminate the sale of tobacco; (5) will work with state and local medical societies to disseminate information on these recognized pharmacies to their membership; and 6) will work through its Advocacy Resource Center to provide that list to organizations interested in preventive healthcare. (Sub. Res. 419, A-09; Reaffirmed in lieu of Res. 422, A-10; Reaffirmed in lieu of Res. 426, A-10; Modified in lieu of Res. 405, A-12 and Res. 420, A-12)

The APha-ASP American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists adopted a resolution stating:

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APhA-ASP supports regulations which prohibit the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies.

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APhA]ASP strongly discourages the sale of tobacco products in pharmacy practice settings.

Background paper from UCSF on tobacco in pharmacies.


UCSF School of Pharmacies' Tobacco-Free Pharmacies information


Walgreens Advertisement




Walgreeens' action alert against San Francisco's tobacco-free pharmacies bill distributed to store customers.



Learn more about the links between tobacco companies and chain drug stores at PR Watch.

California LGBT Tobacco Education Partnership's Pharmacies Page

Lawmakers raise minimum price of cigarettes, slash number of tobacco sellers
New York's PIX11 / WPIX-TV - August 9, 2017

The City Council took a major step toward snuffing out smoking habits Wednesday. Lawmakers passed legislation designed to hike the minimum price of a pack by $2.50, slash the number of tobacco sellers and ban the sale of cigarettes in pharmacies. The bills are waiting for Mayor Bill de Blasio’s signature. …

Businesses huff, puff over de Blasio-backed tobacco price hike
New York Daily News - April 27, 2017

The City Council debated a sweeping package supported by Mayor de Blasio that aims to cut the number of smokers in the city by 160,000 - including measures to hike the minimum price to $13 from $10.50, and to cap the number of stores that can sell tobacco at half the current level in each neighborhood, barring any new licenses until the cap is reached. … Other bills would ban pharmacies like Duane Reade and Rite Aid from selling tobacco, slap a 10% tax on products like cigars and chewing tobacco and set ...

CVS Health dedicates $10M to expand tobacco-free effort
Retail Dive - March 14, 2017

CVS Health dedicates $10M to expand tobacco-free effort ... $50 million effort, launched in 2016, aims to help deliver the nation's first tobacco-free generation.

CVS Health Takes Next Step in Five-Year Commitment to Deliver ...
Justmeans - March 14, 2017

"Tobacco continues to be the leading cause of preventable disease and death in ... yet 2,100 youth and young adults still become daily cigarette smokers," said ... including the growing availability of candy-flavored e-cigarettes and cigars, and ...

Study: CVS Health's tobacco halt reduces overall cigarette purchasing
Retail Dive - February 17, 2017

Since CVS stopped selling tobacco products in 2014, Americans are now less likely to buy cigarettes, with CVS shoppers in particular 38% less likely to buy cigarettes anywhere, according to a study conducted by CVS researchers recently published in the American Journal of Public Health. …

CVS Health Research Institute study emphasizes the role a private retailer can play in restricting access to tobacco
EPR Retail News (press release) - February 17, 2017

… While the Company's decision reduced cigarette purchases across all retail ... at CVS Pharmacy were 38 percent more likely to stop buying cigarettes, and those ...

CVS Health Research Institute Study Confirms that the Company's ...
Military Technologies - February 16, 2017

Following CVS Health's decision to exit tobacco in 2014, the company has extended its commitment to helping people lead tobacco-free lives through increased ...

Shareholder Resolution Asks Walgreens To Review Tobacco Sales
Triple Pundit - September 1, 2016

Is it ethical and moral for a retail pharmacy company to sell tobacco products? Not if you ask Walgreens shareholders and members of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR). They recently filed a shareholder resolution requesting that Walgreens’ board of directors review the risks of tobacco sales in the company’s pharmacies. The resolution is expected to appear on the ballot at the company’s annual meeting on Jan. 26, 2017. ...

How CVS continues to take on tobacco
Pharmacy Today - July 21, 2016

CVS Health was the first national pharmacy chain to ban cigarette sales in 2014, ... educational institutions; and a 3% decline in the national youth smoking rate," ...

CVS Health Foundation Announces Second Round of Grants in ...
3BL Media (press release) - March 16, 2016

The new grants are part of Be The First, CVS Health's $50 million, five-year initiative to help deliver the nation's first tobacco-free generation, and extend the ...

Fortune No, Costco Isn't Going to Stop Selling Cigarettes
Fortune Magazine - March 15, 2016

the company is not planning a CVS Health CVS 0.16% style tobacco exit. "We're not phasing out of tobacco," Bob Nelson, Costco's vice-president of financial planning and investor relations told Fortune in an interview. "There's no grand phase-out plan.

Why Is Costco Extinguishing Cigarettes?
Convenience Store/Petroleum (CSPNet) - March 15, 2016

"Tobacco is a very low-margin business, tends to have higher theft and is labor intensive in some cases (due to local municipality regulations); further, we felt we could better use the space to merchandise other items," a company spokesperson told the…

Letter: Banning tobacco sales in pharmacies is wise
Buffalo News - March 15, 2016

Pharmacies are a trusted part of our health system and it makes sense for pharmacies to help people quit smoking rather than serve as a spot to promote starting ...

Poloncarz: A better Erie County is within our grasp [AUDIO]
WBFO - March 11, 2016

A ban on tobacco and e-cigarette products at pharmacies, increased funding for the countys anti-drug task force, a new planning board and a committee to improve Erie County Community College, fair housing policies, changes to hiring practices, and a new county planning board were among them. But the forward-thinking plans were quickly framed by concerns over cost. Hes got a lot of proposals that are going to cost taxpayers a lot of money and at this point I dont know how were going to pay for it, said Erie County Legislature Majority Leader Joseph Lorigo.

To sell or not to sell tobacco: Who should decide?
ModernMedicine - March 10, 2016

A New York county executives plan to ban pharmacy retailers from selling cigarettes and other tobacco products is garnering mixed reaction from pharmacists.

CVS to Pour $50 Million Into New Anti-Smoking Efforts
Fortune - March 10, 2016

CVS Health is taking it to the tobacco industry again. The company said on Thursday it will fund a new $50 million multi-year anti-smoking campaign, its latest effort to bolster its image as a healthcare-first company. But some healthcare advocates fear that the rise of e-cigarettes, seen by some as potential gateway to smoking, and other factors could send rates back up. CVS and its philanthropic arm, the CVS Health Foundation, will provide funding for programs led by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and educational publisher Scholastic, as well as the American Cancer Society and the National Urban League. CVS itself will continue to offer smoking cessation products and tobacco-education services in its stores. …

CVS aims for tobacco-free generation with $50 million pledge
Winston-Salem Journal - March 10, 2016

CVS Health continues to put its money where its advocacy is on tobacco-prevention initiatives. The pharmacy chain said Thursday that it will spend $50 million over five years on the Be The First initiative, whose goal is establishing the first tobacco-free generation in U.S. history. In September 2014, CVS stopped selling tobacco products in its more than 7,800 stores. CVS said it is teaming up with several anti-tobacco advocacy groups, such as Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and American Cancer Society, as well as Scholastic Inc. and the National Urban League. Brad Rodu, a professor of medicine at the University of Louisville, said that health professionals and tobacco-policy experts universally agree that children must be prevented from using illicit substances. However, Rodu said, smokers are ill-served by CVS refusal to sell life-saving cigarette substitutes, such as smokeless tobacco and e-cigarettes. ...

EDITORIAL: Sale of tobacco products is incompatible with the healthful goal of pharmacies
Buffalo News - March 9, 2016

The effort in Erie County to ban stores with pharmacies from selling cigarettes and e-cigarettes would close the "disconnect" that allows stores dedicated to health to sell a product that damages health. Along the way, it might also save some taxpayer ...

Poloncarz wants pharmacy retailers banned from selling tobacco products
Buffalo News - March 6, 2016

County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz wants Erie County to be the first county in New York State to ban pharmacy retailers from selling cigarettes and e-cigarettes. The sale of cigarettes is incompatible with what pharmacies are supposed to do, which is help individuals deal with illnesses and diseases, Poloncarz said Friday.

Bill to raise smoking age in Massachusetts advances
Wicked Local - March 5, 2016

The Massachusetts smoking age would rise to 21 and pharmacies would be banned from selling cigarettes and other tobacco products under a bill recommended Thursday by the Joint Committee on Public Health. The bill, intended to curb youth tobacco use and nicotine addiction, also includes electronic cigarettes and "other similar products that rely on vaporization or aerosolization" in the definition of tobacco products that cannot be used in public places or sold to minors. …

Poloncarz wants pharmacy retailers banned from selling tobacco products
Buffalo News - March 4, 2016

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz wants to make it illegal for pharmacies as well as any retailers that contain pharmacies to sell tobacco and e-cigarette products. Such a ban would affect a major swath of businesses, from family-owned pharmacies to big-box giant retailers like Walmart. County Legislator Peter Savage, D-Buffalo, will sponsor Poloncarzs proposal in the Erie County Legislature.

Here's what consumers think about CVS' ban on tobacco products
Chain Store Age - February 20, 2016

Here's what consumers think about CVS' ban on tobacco products ... good, saying that, despite them being harder to buy, I want to quit smoking and this helps.

V2 Surveys Smokers on CVS's Exit from Tobacco
NACS Online - February 19, 2016

A new survey by e-cigarette and vaporizer company V2 examines the impact of CVSs decision to stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products. The survey focused on several aspects of the CVS decision, which was implemented in the fall of 2014, including smokers reactions, how their lives have changed since and substitute points of purchase. The survey found that 33% disagreed with the decision by the drugstore chain to stop selling tobacco products, while 24% agreed. The majority group (43%), however, said they were neutral about the change. When asked to identify where they are buying cigarettes now that CVS has stopped selling tobacco products, gas stations were the No. 1 choice. Walmart and Walgreens tied at second, while third was a two-way tie between 7-Eleven and a local store (not part of a chain). The top-five was rounded out with dollar stores and Rite Aid. When asked if CVS should offer electronic cigarettes and vaporizers as a like-for-like alternative to traditional combustible cigarettes, the majority (51%) said that they should. 20% were undecided, and 28% said no.

CVS: Right Prescription for a Higher Stock Price
Barron's - February 9, 2016

But Barron's has argued that CVS' decision to halt tobacco sales made sense. Since CVS reported its first tobacco-free quarter, shares are up more than 15%, ...

Public health advocates, retailers clash on tobacco bill
Statesman Journal - February 2, 2016

The City of Salem considers banning smoking on city-owned properties. ... Public health advocates and tobacco retailers clashed Tuesday at the Oregon State ... would require tobacco and e-cigarette product retailers to be licensed by the state. ... pharmacies from selling tobacco products and to restrict tobacco sales within ...

Walgreens is not ready to kick its cigarette habit
RetailWire - January 28, 2016

While cigarette sales may seem at odds with Walgreens' "Happy & Healthy" ... The division's pharmacy sales were up 6.7 percent overall and 9.3 percent on a ...

CVS Health, DoSomething team up for stop-smoking campaign
Pharmacy Today, American Pharmacists Association - January 11, 2016

CVS Health and, one of the largest organizations for young people and social change, have joined together for a smoking-cessation campaign. The effort, called Quitters Always Win, calls on young people to create heartfelt, handmade cards to encourage friends and family to stop smoking as a resolution for 2016. As part of the initiative, hip-hop duo Kalin and Myles recorded a public service announcement to encourage their fan base and young people around the nation to support the campaign.

Hate San Francisco's Proliferation Of Walgreens? Blame Willie Brown
SFist - December 21, 2015

... then-mayor Newsom's proposal to ban tobacco sales in pharmacies back in 2008. ... This certainly isn't the first time Brown has beat the cigarette drum - back in ... is more money to be made selling hot cigarettes than there is selling dope.

7 ways CVS is driving growth in its stores
Chain Store Age - December 16, 2015

"CVS/pharmacy is combating this by driving larger baskets and more ... Even after exiting tobacco, CVS' average basket size across the front-end is up 2%. ... loss of some $2 billion in annual revenues from its decision to quit the cigarette business. ... In those remodeled stores, sales of health items are up 1.9% and sales of ...

FIP Publishes Guide to Help Pharmacists Establish Tobacco-Free ...
Pharmacy Times - December 16, 2015

The briefing document,"Establishing tobacco-free communities: A practical guide for pharmacists", gives a number of examples from around the world, ...

CVS Health and Target Announce Completed Acquisition of Target's ...
Pharmacy Times - December 16, 2015

In addition, a CVS/pharmacy will be included in all new Target stores that offer ... model and our scale to drive incremental sales volume and operating profit for ...

Marin Voice: City councils need to ban tobacco from local pharmacies
Marin Independent Journal - December 2, 2015

The Marin County Pharmacists Association and the Smoke-Free Marin Coalition are in the midst of a campaign to keep tobacco out of pharmacies. Seventy-five ...

Editorial: Pharmacies continue to sell cigarettes
Plattsburgh Press Republican - November 15, 2015

An item in our weekly Lookback last Monday reminded us of a stiff battle a quarter century ago that is still being waged today: tobacco sales by pharmacies.

Letter: Tobacco-free pharmacies for our future
The Journal News | - November 4, 2015

In 2014, CVS made the decision to stop selling tobacco products in its 7,700 stores. They called it the "right decision" and I wholeheartedly agree. Reducing the ...

CVS Sales Once Again Hurt By Decision To Pull Tobacco Products ...
Business 2 Community - October 31, 2015

CVS Caremark reported on Friday that its general merchandise sales fell in the ... a result of its decision to pull cigarettes and other tobacco products from its shelves. ... The pharmacy giant officially stopped selling tobacco and tobacco-related ...

New Bill May Ban Tobacco Sales in Philly Drug Stores, Drug Rehab ...
Free Press Release Center (press release) - October 18, 2015

A new bill introduced to Philadelphia city council may remove cigarettes from the shelves of stories which feature pharmacies, ...

Bill would ban cigarette sales in drug stores
The Philadelphia Tribune - October 13, 2015

Local drugstores will be soon be barred from selling tobacco and smoking ... Nutter Administration also successfully passed ordinances that banned smoking in ...

Mayor Nutter: Ban tobacco from all stores with pharmacies - October 9, 2015

That would include drug stores and grocery stores with pharmacies. ... If the legislation is approved, the sale of tobacco products would also be banned at ...

Philadelphia measure would ban tobacco from all stores with ...
Pharmacy Today, American Pharmacists Association, - October 9, 2015

In Philadelphia, a proposed measure would prohibit the sale of tobacco products ... tobacco at pharmacies, hospital gift shops, and grocery stores with pharmacies. "The goal here is to ultimately reduce cigarette use in the city," McDonald said.

Buying Smokes In A Drug Store Would Be Banned Under Bill ...
CBS Local - October 8, 2015

...cigarettes, City Council, Pat Loeb ... PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - A bill introduced into Philadelphia City Council would ban cigarette sales at all the drug stores in the city ... The bill would prohibit the sale of any tobacco product or e-cigarette at any ... include drug stores, hospital gift shops, even grocery stores with pharmacies.

Tobacco sales could be barred to those under 21 in Easton
Wicked Local Easton - September 25, 2015

Tobacco sales could be barred to those under 21 in Easton ... The town has also banned tobacco and other nicotine products from being sold in pharmacies, the sale of single cigarettes, cigarette vending machines and ... He compared it to the difficulty in passing a workplace and restaurant smoking ban across the state ...

Survey shows most NH pharmacies don't sell tobacco products
The Union Leader - September 24, 2015

Survey shows most NH pharmacies don't sell tobacco products. Source: ... The telephone survey - conducted in August - polled 33 independent pharmacies.

Why Do Drug Stores Sell Cigarettes? -- 'The Why'
American Live Wire - September 16, 2015

We thought "The Menthol" was just a kind of cigarette, mmmkay?) ... They've been pushing for "the removal of tobacco from pharmacies due to the health risks ... Back in 1635 France actually made it a law that tobacco sales would be limited ...

What CVS can teach you about kicking the traditional sales model habit - September 15, 2015

"Kicking the habit" is most often associated with quitting smoking, and we'll get to that topic in just a moment. Just as addictive and dangerous to many a company's long-term health, though, is the …

All Pharmacies Should Stop Tobacco Sales, Viewpoint Says
Pharmacy Times - September 12, 2015

On the heels of CVS Healths 1-year anniversary of stopping tobacco sales, a viewpoint provides a detailed history of the long, cozy relationship between drugstore chains and tobacco companies. While all leading drugstore chains have traditionally sold tobacco products, CVS has made several efforts to distance itself from this practice, authors David Tuller, DrPH, and Lisa Bero, PhD, noted. Beyond stopping the sale of tobacco products and rebranding itself as CVS Health, the pharmacy giant announced in July 2015 that it would leave the US Chamber of Commerce because of the organizations global efforts to block antismoking laws, such as putting taxes on cigarettes in the Philippines. Before CVSs September 2014 decision to stop tobacco sales, leading drugstore chains not only sold cigarettes, but also collaborated with tobacco companies, Drs. Tuller and Bero noted. Their review of memos, letters, and reports from the Legacy Tobacco Documents Library uncovered evidence of tobacco companies and pharmacies working together to mold public attitudes toward smoking and fight regulatory efforts.

CVS Health marks first anniversary of tobacco removal
Daily Journal Online - September 10, 2015

The company also announced it is renewing its commitment to creating a tobacco-free generation through a joint initiative between CVS Health, its Foundation ...

Tobacco-free retailers aid in fight against smoking
Wausau Daily Herald - September 9, 2015

EDITOR: CVS pharmacies have not looked back since pulling tobacco products from their shelves a year ago this month. A study found this decision caused ...

In 1965, 45 Percent of Americans Smoke, Today It's Only 15 Percent
Smithsonian - September 4, 2015

Taxes. Smoking bans. Strong warnings on cigarette packages. PSAs. It seems that public health officials and lawmakers have tried every trick in the book to stop ... The new data shows that just 15.2 percent of Americans smoke, down from 16.8 percent in 2014. The number has fallen dramatically since 1997, when just under 25 percent of Americans smoked. And Thompson writes that its especially dramatic when you consider that in 1965, a whopping 45 percent of Americans were smokers.

CVS: Cigarette ban reduced smoking
RetailWire - September 4, 2015

Marking the first anniversary of ending tobacco sales at its stores, CVS issued a study indicating that its decision led to a measurable decrease in the number of cigarette purchases across all retailers.

CVS cigarette ban contributes to reduced smoking
Latinos Health - September 4, 2015

In an official statement, CVS President and CEO Larry Merlo said: "Ending the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products at CVS/pharmacy is simply the right thing ...

CVS decision to stop selling cigarettes caused a drop in smoking rate in 13 states of US
Benchmark Reporter - September 4, 2015

A decline in cigarette sales has been noted across all retailers found in 13 states ... CVS has 15 percent of pharmacy market in the 13 states and the sales were ...

A year later, CVS says stopping tobacco sales made a big difference
PPP - September 3, 2015

A list maintained by the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation shows that only North Dakota, New Jersey, and Utah have laws that restrict the usage of ...

A year later, CVS says stopping tobacco sales made a big difference
USA Today - September 3, 2015

The decision to stop tobacco sales at all of its drugstores a year ago caused people to buy 1% fewer packs of cigarettes in 13 states, CVS Health says in a new study out Thursday. The new study compared total sales of tobacco products at all types of st

Health Buzz: CVS Cigarette Ban Burns Tobacco Sales
U.S. News & World Report - September 3, 2015

New data show a drop in cigarette purchases overall since the ban took ... sell their smoking-cessation nicotine patches which, since the ban, have increased in ...

CVS Quit Selling Cigarettes, but It's Found a Patch for Sales
The Fiscal Times - August 5, 2015

CVS executives knew that some of their sales would go up in smoke when they decided last year to stop selling cigarettes. The press release announcing that all 7,600 CVS stores nationwide would stop selling all tobacco products acknowledged that sales would take a hit. Still, the company said, This is the right thing to do. The costs of the decision are now becoming clear. CVS Healths general merchandise sales slumped 7.8 percent last quarter on a same-store basis, the company said Tuesday. The company claims non-pharmacy sales would have stayed the same if tobacco sales and the other products cigarette buyers added to their baskets were removed from sales figures for the same quarter in 2014.

How Tobacco-Free CVS Is Coping
Newser - August 5, 2015

(Newser) CVS banned cigarettes from its stores last fall and last month showed it's sticking ... CVS blames its cigarette ban for a drop in out of pharmacy sales.

CVS earnings rise despite no tobacco fix
Naples Herald - August 4, 2015

Pricey specialty drugs helped CVS Health cope with tobacco withdrawal to top analyst expectations in the second quarter. The nations second-largest drugstore chain said Tuesday that revenue from its biggest business, the pharmacy benefits management segment, jumped 12 percent to more than $24 billion, spurred in part by specialty drugs.

CVS Health Gives Soft Outlook Despite Strong Pharmacy Sales
Wall Street Journal - August 4, 2015

... drugs and to processing more claims through its pharmacy benefits business. ... and a large drop in sales after last year's decision to stop all tobacco sales.

What corporate America can learn from CVS Health's anti-tobacco campaign
Fortune - August 3, 2015

The company's transformation is a reminder that sometimes big dogs can learn new tricks. At this years Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference in Aspen, Helena Foulkes, executive vice president of drugstore chain CVS Health CVS 0.21% , shared an insiders perspective on the company's decision to stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products in its 7,800 stores. When CVS announced the decision in 2014, it was an unprecedented move. It was also potentially a costly one since $2 billion of the company's annual revenue came from tobacco products.

Smoking age increased
Woburn Daily Times - August 1, 2015

WILMINGTON Its official. The age to purchase cigarettes has been raised to 21 in Wilmington. In an effort to stem the flow of smoking related illnesses, the Wilmington Board of Health held a meeting back in April with Sarah McColgan from the Massachusetts Health Officers Association and liaison to the Massachusetts Tobacco Control Program. After a lengthy discussion, it was decided that the Board would work on adding 3 potential amendments to the tobacco regulations. Raising the minimum age to purchase nicotine delivery products to 21 and banning sales of flavored tobacco products in retail convenience stores and banning the sale of nicotine delivery products in healthcare institutions, basically, pharmacies.

Tobacco sales ban in pharmacies formally approved
BenitoLink - June 16, 2015

Hollister City Council votes 4-1 to cease the issuance or re-issuance of tobacco retail licenses, which eventually will snuff out tobacco products in Hollister pharmacies

CVS to Buy, Rebrand and Run Target's Pharmacies, Clinics - June 15, 2015

CVS, which already has 7,800 drugstores, will acquire Target's more than 1,660 pharmacies across 47 states, renaming them as CVS/pharmacy, the companies said today in a statement. All new Targetstores with pharmacy services will include a CVS/pharmacy. The move comes after CVS stopped selling tobacco products in October, and began leaning more on pharmacy services, which brought in 60% of sales last year, and in-store clinics to make up for the loss of revenue.

UPDATED: Hollister to ban tobacco sales in pharmacies
Benitolink: San Benito County News - June 1, 2015

The report notes that 78 percent of independently-owned pharmacies in the state have become tobacco free, though tobacco products are still sold in 94 percent ...

Was CVS' Cigarettes Decision the Right One?
WFMY News 2 - June 1, 2015

If you take out tobacco's impact on results, then front-end sales would have grown by about 2% ... Since CVS Health's pharmacy benefit management, or PBM, business ... it's far more important to the broader picture than the cigarette business.

Hollister seeks to prohibit tobacco sales in pharmacies
Benitolink: San Benito County News - May 31, 2015

The Hollister City Council on Monday, June 1 will consider amending municipal code to curtail the issuance or reissuance of tobacco retail licenses to local pharmacies, effectively snuffing out tobacco sales at the four Hollister pharmacies that have not already independently decided to stop selling those products.

Was CVS' cigarettes decision the right one?
USA TODAY - May 24, 2015

Last fall, CVS Health Corp (CVS) made national news when it announced that it would no longer sell cigarettes and other tobacco products in its 7,850 stores. CVS Health's decision to opt out of these products cost it $2 billion in annual sales, but does that mean CVS Health's decision was the wrong one? Let's take a closer look.

Was CVS' Cigarettes Decision the Right One?
Motley Fool - May 22, 2015

In the first quarter, same-store sales in its back-of-store pharmacies grew 4.2% ... Exiting the cigarettes business came at a price, but a good argument can be ...

Tobacco control rules get stricter in Danvers
The Daily News of Newburyport - May 22, 2015

DANVERS The Board of Health has raised the minimum age to buy cigarettes, e-cigarettes and other tobacco products in town from 18 to 21. They have also banned sales at health care and education institutions and retailers with pharmacies like Walgreens.

Medicine Shoppe and Medicap Pharmacy Franchises Ban Tobacco Sales
NACS Online - May 13, 2015

DUBLIN, Ohio Cardinal Health's independent franchises Medicine Shoppe and Medicap Pharmacy announced plans to ban the sale of tobacco products from its stores. Nearly all Medicine Shoppe and Medicap Pharmacy franchises have committed to not sell tobacco and tobacco-related products.

Quality Foods IGA of Schofield No Longer Selling Tobacco
WSAW - April 28, 2015

Quality Foods IGA of Schofield says they will no longer be selling products containing tobacco. In a post on their facebook page the store says they,"want to fully support the Tobacco-Free Kids Campaign." The store follows in the footsteps of retailers such as Whole Foods and CVS Pharmacy.

CVS takes tobacco off the shelves, reports record sales. Coincidence?
2degrees - April 24, 2015

CVS Health in the US managed record sales in 2014 increasing net revenues by 9.9% to $139.4bn despite a major rebrand that involved taking lucrative tobacco products off the shelves.

Proposed tobacco ban would protect families
Albany Times Union (blog) - April 19, 2015

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy's initiative to ban tobacco product displays in pharmacies would be a great contribution to the health of people in Albany ...

Cigarette ban at pharmacies won't work
Valley Breeze - April 14, 2015

Results: more taxes on nonsmokers. I am sure that Rep. Katherine Kazarian's lips have never held a cigarette. In a way, that's too bad. Had she ever smoked, ...

OPINION: Is a ban on tobacco a good thing?
Kansas State Collegian - April 10, 2015

In the fall of 2014, pharmacy chain previously called CVS Caremark stopped selling tobacco products, citing reasons that the sale of tobacco ran against its [sic] image as a health care provider. The company re-branded itself corporately as CVS Health and launched a smoking-cessation campaign. I also have questions regarding electronic cigarettes. CVS does not currently sell e-cigs or the e-juice that fills them. These products contain no tobacco, though ...

Some independent RI pharmacies oppose tobacco ban
ModernMedicine - April 8, 2015

... Last year, he said, his pharmacy had $1.2 million in cigarette sales. "Tobacco and liquor go hand in hand. If someone's not going to buy cigarettes and alcohol, ...

Stolen Valor, Sex Trafficking, and Tobacco at Pharmacies: This Week at the State House - April 7, 2015

Sosnowski's bill on banning smoking in casinos was heard before the Senate Committee on Special Legislation and Veterans' Affairs. / Kazarian's bill was heard before the House Committee on Corporations. The bill would prohibit any business with a pharmacy

Albany County to push ban on pharmacy cigarette displays
Albany Times Union - April 3, 2015

BETHLEHEM County Executive Dan McCoy on Friday unveiled legislation that would ban the display of tobacco products in retail stores that contain pharmacies a measure he said major retailers have already voluntarily agreed to comply with. The law, if passed by the County Legislature, would make Albany County the first in the state with such a ban, McCoy said, and comes six months after he vetoed a law that would have outright banned the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies.

Albany County Executive to announce new public health legislation
NEWS10 ABC - April 3, 2015

In 2014, McCoy signed an Executive Order banning the use of e-cigarettes on county property, and the Albany County Department of Mental Health has partnered with other organizations to help clients quit smoking.The next initiative to be launched will ensure that young people are not exposed to tobacco products at retail stores.

Retailers pressured to stop selling tobacco
Supermarket News - April 2, 2015

When it comes to tobacco sales, CVS is on the Wall of Fame, while Walgreens is on the Wall of Shame. That's according to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, ...

Independent pharmacies oppose RI bill banning tobacco sales Poll
The Providence Journal - March 31, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - A bill that would ban pharmacies statewide from selling ... "I understand the health consequences of smoking, but that's a personal ...

Why not suspend store's alcohol sales, too? Letter
Reno Gazette Journal - April 1, 2015

I am comforted that CVS Pharmacy is widely advertising via television that they no longer sell tobacco products. These items were always behind the counter ...

March 6: New group forms: Monterey County Collaborates
The Salinas Californian - March 6, 2015

The Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Monterey County, Monterey County Traffic Safety Coalition and Sunrise House Prevention recently merged to create Monterey County Collaborates. Monterey County Collaborates envisions a Monterey County where youth are safe and become leaders that facilitate healthy choices. Monterey County Collaborates congratulates the California State Board of Pharmacy members on the adoption of a policy statement regarding tobacco sales at pharmacies. The statement reads: "The California State Board of Pharmacy recognizes that pharmacists are health care providers and pharmacies are in the business of improving customer health; therefore the board recommends that pharmacies and chain stores that include pharmacies eliminate the sale of tobacco, e-cigarettes and tobacco products, as these products are known to cause cancer, heart disease, lung disease and other health problems." …

CVS Health Chief Medical Officer to Address National Business Group on Health on Value of Pharmacy Care in Evolving Health Care System
MarketWatch - March 6, 2015

WOONSOCKET, R.I., March 6, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Troyen A. Brennan, M.D., M.P.H., Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of CVS Health CVS, -1.17% will speak before the National Business Group on Health in Washington, D.C. today. Brennan will outline ways pharmacy care can play a critical role in addressing health care cost and quality as the overall health care system faces increased stress. After making CVS/pharmacy the first national pharmacy chain to stop selling tobacco in support of the health and well-being of its patients and customers, CVS Health is moving aggressively to provide innovative new tools that can assist patients, providers and health plans improve medication adherence and ultimately improve health. …

CVS Did the Right Thing in Stopping Tobacco Sales
Pharmacy Times - February 6, 2015

A report released by CVS Health on the 1-year anniversary of its decision to stop tobacco sales suggests that doing the right thing instead of the expedient thing makes good business sense.

The pharmacy profession has been encouraging the removal of tobacco products from shelves for a long time, but most pharmacy corporations have rationalized that doing so would not stop customers from buying cigarettes, so there is little reason to give up that revenue stream.

CVS Health’s report indicates that consumers want to improve their health, and when they see a consistent and clear message, they respond. This report also means that many patients have seen their lives and health improve through a comprehensive approach to smoking cessation, which starts with removing tobacco from the pharmacy...

CVS Health invests $1 million in tobacco cessation programs
Philadelphia (PA) Tribune - December 2, 2014

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is one of 28 organizations whose smoking cessation program will be supported by the CVS grants.

ShopRite to stop selling tobacco products
South Jersey Local News - December 2, 2014

"We are happy to join other retailers in becoming part of the public health solution - making the next generation tobacco-free," says Renee whose educational ...

Were Cigarettes Injurious For CVS's Health? (CVS)
Seeking Alpha - November 27, 2014

The company has moved away from tobacco in a bid to improve its image. Sales have grown despite moving away from tobacco which was a $2 billion source of revenue.

Group asks Hy-Vee to help kick the habit
Muscatine Journal - November 21, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa - A statewide group of health professionals and tobacco opponents used Thursdays Great American Smokeout observance to launch a campaign calling on Hy-Vee to end the sale of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, at any of its stores that have a pharmacy or health clinic on its premises.

CVS Health and its Foundation Commit More Than $1 Million in ... (press release) - November 20, 2014

The grants will be distributed to leading health care and community partners working to promote tobacco-free communities, programs that help people kick the ...

A Check-Up On The Earnings Of CVS Health (CVS)
Seeking Alpha - November 12, 2014

CVS Health reported strong sales and adjusted earnings per share growth for ... Let's see how this pharmacy giant did during the quarter, and what investors have to ... basis points higher if tobacco sales in the 2013 quarter were not included…

Independent Pharmacies Fight to Bring a Tobacco-free Society
PR Web (press release) - November 12, 2014

Like many independent pharmacies across the country, Rx Care Pharmacy has been actively involved in creating a tobacco-free society and studies have ...

Regulators Asked To Probe CVS' Tobacco-Free Network ($$)
Law360 - November 10, 2014's worried the pharmacy's stated desire to wean customers off cigarettes is a "smokescreen" to impose higher costs on those who fill prescriptions at rival pharmacies. The American Antitrust Institute requested the U.S. Federal Trade Commission …

Is CVS Health's "Tobacco-Tax" Brilliant or Stupid?
Nasdaq - November 9, 2014

Supporters are heralding CVS Health 's decision to create narrow pharmacy networks ... Sure, eliminating tobacco sales at CVS Health stores means that the ... for smoking-related diseases like COPD purchased cigarettes at the same time.

Quitting cigarettes not so easy for CVS rivals
Buffalo News - November 9, 2014

Other groups, such as the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, said having cigarettes available causes shoppers to have cravings and make impulse purchases.

Quitting tobacco isn't easy for cigarette-selling CVS rivals
Worcester (MA) Telegram & Gazette - November 5, 2014

Its rivals, which don't have pharmacy benefit management units, still need tobacco, said Jeff Jonas, a portfolio manager at Gabelli Funds. "They're just not performing as well, so they kind of need those sales," Jonas said. "Rite Aid needs it because of

Why Don't Other Drug Stores Stop Selling Cigarettes Like CVS ...
American Live Wire - November 5, 2014

CVS still reportedly made money last quarter because of its "pharmacy ... Jeff Jonas, "(t)hey're just not performing as well, so they . . . need those sales. ... They do not as of yet however have a solid plan to cease selling tobacco. ... She would not, however, specifically answer the question regarding the sale of cigarettes.

CVS Health Pharmacy Business Overcomes Loss Of Tobacco Sales
Forbes - November 4, 2014

...generating better than expected sales from new business across all lines including drugstores, retail clinics and its pharmacy benefit management company. Though the loss of tobacco sales hurt sales in the front of its stores, CVS chief executive ...

CVS's Growing Drug Business Makes Up for Quitting Tobacco
Business Week/Bloomberg - November 4, 2014

CVS Health Corp. (MDT:US) beat analysts' third-quarter estimates as prescription drug sales made up for the drop in revenue the company suffered after it quit selling tobacco products at its retail pharmacies. Profit excluding one-time items of $1.15 ...

CVS exec says ending tobacco sales, which meant $1B for drug store chain, the right thing
Fox Business - October 30, 2014

A top executive of CVS Caremark said Thursday that ending tobacco sales at CVS drug stores last month was the right thing to do even though the sales brought in $1 billion in revenue.

Raising Co-Pays at Cigarette Sellers Boosts CVS Bottom Line
Pharmacy Times - October 29, 2014

... Health decided to discontinue the sale of cigarettes across its pharmacies, many folks in ... In spite of the loss of millions of dollars in sales, CVS pulled the plug on this line of ... tobacco products by coordinating a strategy with the pharmacy benefit ... that raise co-pays for patients who shop at stores that still sell cigarettes.

City launches tobacco-free pharmacy network
The Philadelphia Tribune - October 24, 2014

The city of Philadelphia has partnered with CVS Caremark to create the nations first tobacco-free pharmacy network. The Preferred Health Network, which will take effect in January, encourages city employees who are not covered by union-offered health benefits to make use of pharmacies that do not sell tobacco products. City employees who choose not to get their prescriptions filled at pharmacies in the network will incur an additional $15-per-prescription charge that will be added to prescriptions filled at non-network pharmacies, in addition to any applicable co-payment...

Promoting the Removal of Tobacco Products From Pharmacies
Pharmacy Times (blog) - October 23, 2014

Although some pharmacies are complaining that it could give CVS an ... have policies to remove tobacco sales from pharmacies, and now, CVS has come up ...

Caremark planning bigger copay at drugstores that sell cigarettes
Chicago Tribune - October 22, 2014

CVS and Target are tobacco-free, but a number of major chains, such as Deerfield-based Walgreen Co., the nation's largest pharmacy retailer, are not.

Caremark to Charge Extra Co-Pay at Pharmacies Selling Cigarettes
Wall Street Journal (blog) - October 20, 2014

Last month, CVS Health purged its 7,700 pharmacies of tobacco products in a gambit to ... But the move comes with a price - an estimated $2 billion in annual sales will be sacrificed. ... that eliminate the sale of tobacco products at retail pharmacies in San Francisco and Boston were .... The Travel Ban and the New Czar.

After cutting tobacco sales, CVS is now pressuring other pharmacies ...
Washington Post (blog) - October 20, 2014

"For clients who choose a tobacco-free network, plan members would be provided with a full list of participating pharmacies in advance of any network change," ...

Campaign launched, encourages removing tobacco from shelves
WNDU-TV - October 20, 2014

A national campaign is rolling out Monday, to urge retailers to go-tobacco free to ... It's an effort run by the organization Tobacco-Free Kids, which advocates that ...

Letter: Pharmacies, don't sell smokes
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle - October 14, 2014

A woman smokes a cigarette during a break from work in downtown Chicago. ... Major pharmacy organizations have discouraged the sale of tobacco ... which ceased tobacco sales several years ago, and I encourage all pharmacies to cease ...

CVS And NYC Set The Pace Versus Tobacco
MediaPost Communications - October 10, 2014

To be clear, CVS isn't just being saintly with its cigarette ban. Rather than the 40% that the convenience store players get, a pharmacy only makes 2% of its revenue on cigarettes. And what they lose will probably be made up by changes in how medical services are delivered that support a new, more clinical role. ...

CVS's Expensive Cigarette Ban Shows It Puts Brand Before Profit
Entrepreneur - October 7, 2014

CVS's Expensive Cigarette Ban Shows It Puts Brand Before Profit ... to substantially lower rates of smoking with implications for reducing tobacco-related deaths.

Living Your Brand: CVS' Bold Move to Align Behavior With Brand
Forbes - October 6, 2014

In February, CVS Caremark announced that it would stop selling cigarettes in all of its 7,700 stores and 900 walk-in clinics, effective October 1. The company implemented the change a month ahead of schedule and changed its name to CVS Health to align its brand and purpose of helping people on their path to better health.

Keep tobacco out of pharmacies
Albany Times Union - October 3, 2014

Tobacco is the only product when used as directed is lethal. Legislation that would eliminate tobacco sales in our pharmacies would ensure that all pharmacies ...

Water Cooler: Ban tobacco sales in pharmacies?
Hollister Free Lance - October 2, 2014

Would a location selling so-called medical marijuana be banned from selling tobacco products? Enough ... I support pharmacies which ban sales of tobacco.

CVS Health Finds Benefit in Banning Cigarettes from Pharmacies
Pharmacy Times - October 2, 2014

CVS Health surprised the health care community last month when it became the first and only national pharmacy chain to discontinue sales of tobacco ...

How CVS can really be a leader in health
Stillwater Gazette - September 26, 2014

The second-largest drug store chain in the country has announced it will no longer sell cigarettes. Changing its corporate name to CVS Health, the company had previously vowed it was going to discontinue tobacco products in all of its 7,600 stores by Oct. 1 but, like ripping off a Band-Aid, they instead did it quickly, when we werent expecting it.

CVS ban on tobacco sales sets right tone for drumbeat of change
Lexington Herald Leader - September 26, 2014

CVS Health expects to lose $2 billion a year in sales but it's doing the right thing. ... Here's hoping the drumbeat that CVS Health started in the pharmacy industry ...

Make pharmacies tobacco-sale free
Albany Times Union (blog) - September 25, 2014

... but Albany County has the opportunity to be the first county in New York to make all of its pharmacies tobacco-free. Similar bills have already passed in Boston ...

Taking tobacco products off pharmacy shelves helps save lives
The Daily Advertiser - September 23, 2014

On behalf of the Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living, a program of the Louisiana Cancer Research Center and administered by the Louisiana Public ...

CVS Health smokes safety, clears the air
The Depaulia - September 22, 2014

Each year in the United States, cigarette smoking is responsible for the deaths of ... It sounds crazy that the second-largest pharmacy chain in the United States would want ... By cutting out the sale of tobacco products to promote a more health- ...

CVS Health CEO to Address National Press Club on Landmark ...
The Providence Journal - September 19, 2014

Merlo also plans to discuss the company's decision to stop selling cigarettes and the recent announcement it is officially tobacco-free. Along with the recently ...

CVS boldly snuffs out tobacco sales at its drugstores
Kansas City Star - September 17, 2014

Walgreens, and its slogan "at the corner of happy and healthy"....would mean more if Walgreens joined CVS to end tobacco product sales....Maybe the Missouri legislature will raise the tax from an embarrassing 17 cents a pack to $2 a pack to follow CVS' ...

Cigarettes don't belong in pharmacies
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal - September 17, 2014

CVS removing tobacco from its shelves is a huge step in improving public health. ... in the world where tobacco products can be found for sale in a pharmacy.

Out of sight, out of mind
Albany Times Union (blog) - September 15, 2014

Our opinion: The veto of a bill to ban tobacco sales in pharmacies offers a ... ban on the display of cigarettes and tobacco products in retail stores, period. ... Banning displays is a sensible next step in society's long battle to blunt the cigarette ...

Editorial: CVS Shuns Cigarettes
Valley News - September 15, 2014

The move may be little more than a business calculation for the pharmacy chain. But it is one worth cheering: It makes the sale of cigarettes less ubiquitous, and it ... CVS' move says a lot about American society's relationship with tobacco.

CVS Health: Were Cigarettes Bad for Business?
Wall St. Cheat Sheet - September 14, 2014

According to the CDC, the percentage of U.S. middle and high school students who use electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, more than doubled from 2011 to ...

CVS is gaining cred with consumers
CBS News - September 12, 2014

None of CVS' rival pharmacy chain operators, including Walgreen, Rite Aid, Wal-Mart (WMT) and Kroger (KR), have followed CVS' lead on tobacco sales even ...

Thanks, CVS, for saving lives; Planning commission should ...
The Oakland Press - September 12, 2014

An inflatable cigarette is displayed to announce the drug store CVS' decision to stop ... The Royal Oak Community Coalition would like to congratulate CVS/Pharmacy for becoming a national ambassador for health and wellness. As of September 3, 2014, CVS/Pharmacy officially quit selling cigarettes and tobacco products, reiterating the notion that there is no place for tobacco in a setting where health care is delivered.

Letter: Pharmacies should nix cigarettes, as CVS did
Buffalo News - September 12, 2014

CVS removing tobacco from its shelves is a huge step in improving public health. Big chain pharmacies, which promote health and wellness, are contradicting themselves when they sell tobacco products. How frustrating to be a pharmacist, have a consultation with a patient about his heart medication, then see that same patient at the front of the store buying cigarettes.

Whatever its motive, CVS does the right thing by ending cigarette sales
Salt Lake Tribune - September 11, 2014

The move may be little more than a business calculation for the pharmacy chain. But it is one worth cheering: It makes the sale of cigarettes less ubiquitous, and ...

Albany Co. executive vetoes ban on pharmacy cigarette sales
Oneida Dispatch - September 11, 2014

Instead, County Executive Dan McCoy issued an executive order for a ban ... I applaud all efforts that reduce the effects of smoking, especially among the young.

Walgreen: At the intersection of At the intersection of healthy, happy - and hypocritical
Crain's Chicago Business - September 10, 2014

The announcement by CVS Caremark - now CVS Health - in February that it would stop selling tobacco sent shockwaves through the public health and business sectors. Public health advocates cheered the decision, noting that removing tobacco from health providers' shelves would promote good health, help smokers to quit and stay quit, and prevent a new generation of smokers. Many began asking other pharmacy chains if they would follow suit…..This came as no surprise - either to us at Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights or to other advocates who had engaged with Walgreen on this issue previously. ...

LETTER: FERKOL: CVS Ends Tobacco Sales
New York Times - September 10, 2014

The American Thoracic Society...welcomes CVS's move to stop selling all tobacco products ...CVS has also decided not to sell electronic cigarettes. We believe that this decision will also help protect public health, since the safety of e-cigarettes has

Law | Williamstown, MA Toughens Tobacco Regulations
The Cigar Authority - September 10, 2014

On that date smoking will be prohibited in bars, and restaurants both inside and outside. Pharmacies are banned from selling any tobacco product, and the ban ...

Drug stores need to stop selling tobacco products
Springfield News-Leader - September 10, 2014

While increases in tobacco taxation, legislation to create smoke-free public areas and ... Calls for banning tobacco sales in pharmacies also have come from the ...

No decision yet on cigarette sales ban in Albany County
WRGB - September 10, 2014

No decision yet on cigarette sales ban in Albany County ... will approve a bill that would ban cigarette sales in drug stores and retail outlets with pharmacies.

Ban tobacco sales in the pharmacies
Albany Times Union (blog) - September 10, 2014

Think of the Clean Indoor Air Act and the smoke-free restaurants that now protect waitstaff. It's not OK to let the tobacco industry sidle up next to pharmacies to ...

The CVS ban on tobacco is useless
Virginia Tech Collegiate Times - September 10, 2014

Smokers and non-smokers agree on one major point: tobacco is extremely ... the health of the nation by banning a major culprit of illness, but unfortunately, the ...

EDITORIAL: Other drugstore chains should join CVS in banning sales of tobacco products
Buffalo (NY) News - September 9, 2014

The bottom line is a hard concept to ignore, and the prospect of $2 billion in forfeited sales will cause many other companies to hesitate or simply refuse. But CVS is facing the future and living up to its new name. It deserves all the accolades its dec

Walmart and Walgreens Won't Stop Selling Smokes, But Will The ...
Forbes - September 9, 2014

... from the margins to the mainstream; and some states are banning the sale of ... experts and even a recent doctor survey have noted - a retail pharmacy ban on ... the decline has accelerated, largely due to smoking bans, health concerns, ...

CVS Stops Sale of Tobacco Products - September 8, 2014

LIVINGSTON, NJ - Recently, CVS Caremark announced that CVS Pharmacy will stop selling cigarettes and all tobacco products at its more than 7,600 stores ...

CVS Health Looks Healthier After Quitting Tobacco - September 8, 2014

2 in the world of pharmacy retailing, but thanks to its decision to quit selling ... Cigarette sales have also been plummeting for years for obvious reasons, and ...

Do drug stores have an ethical obligation to stop selling tobacco products?
Renal and Urology News - September 5, 2014

The CVS pharmacy chain recently announced that it has changed its corporate name to CVS Health and that it would no longer sell cigarettes or other tobacco products at its stores. Do drug stores have an ethical obligation to stop selling tobacco products?

Will CVS anti-tobacco move make a difference? Your Say
USA TODAY - September 5, 2014

CVS stopped selling tobacco products at its stores Wednesday, saying those sales conflicted with its health care mission. Letter to the editor:

CVS stops tobacco sales as pharmacies jockey for edge
Chicago Daily Herald - September 4, 2014

CVS customers around the suburbs Wednesday started seeing promotions asking, "Ready to quit?" as part of the retailer's new stop-smoking campaign with the American Lung Association after tobacco products were completely removed from CVS shelves....

Walgreens Should Follow CVS, Halt Tobacco Sales, Father Pfleger ...
DNAinfo - September 4, 2014

The Rev. Michael Pfleger, pastor of St. Sabina Church in Auburn Gresham, applauded pharmacy CVS' "bold move" in yanking cigarettes from its shelves but called on other retailers including north suburban-based Walgreen Co. to do the same.

Why Walgreen Won't Stop Selling Tobacco Like CVS Health
Forbes - September 4, 2014

CVS Health (CVS) rival Walgreen WAG 1.18% (WAG) isnt going to stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products anytime soon. Walgreen certainly has myriad financial reasons to keep selling cigarettes. But Walgreen isnt using financial excuses as a reason it wont stop selling cigarettes in its official corporate statement issued following CVS announcement that all tobacco products were removed from store shelves. Rather, Walgreen doesnt seem to think retailers are to blame for Americans wanting to continue to smoke.

FRIEDMAN: Here's Why CVS' Decision To Stop Selling Cigarettes Makes Perfect Business Sense
Business Insider - September 4, 2014

New customers pulled in by the clinics are likely to stick around to fill their prescriptions right at the CVS. And that combination of health care services has the potential to be much more lucrative for the company than cigarettes sales. "If [CVS] can

Why Walgreen Won't Stop Selling Tobacco Like CVS Health
Forbes - September 4, 2014

Rather, Walgreen doesn't seem to think retailers are to blame for Americans wanting to continue to smoke. But they can be a solution even while selling tobacco, ...

White House lauds tobacco-free CVS
The Hill - September 3, 2014

Carney said. "So the president is, like I, a reformed smoker, and I think he recognizes, like everyone who's quit recognizes, it's not an easy thing to do, but it's the right thing to do for your own health, for your family and for the nation's health."

E-Cig Makers Fuming Over CVS Tobacco Ban
ABC News - September 3, 2014

e-cigarette sellers who had been in talks with CVS to carry vaping products as far back as February when the company first announced its intentions to ban tobacco sales. He said he was disappointed the company has elected to treat e-cigarettes as a tobacco...

CVS tobacco ban could help dissuade West Virginia smokers
Charleston Gazette - September 3, 2014

can only be good news for the state with the second-highest rate of smokers in the nation, according to West Virginia health professionals.

Legislator seeks tobacco sale ban in pharmacies
WRGB - September 3, 2014

It also said it has kicked off a smoking cessation program. ... up to a 13% drop in people buying tobacco products when similar pharmacy bans were put in place.

Some ArkLaTex businesses may benefit from CVS tobacco ban
KSLA-TV Ch. 12 - September 3, 2014

A specialty tobacco shop just around the corner from a CVS store in Bossier City, saw quite a bit of new customers flow through Wednesday. Sheila Conrad, assistant manager at the Tobacco House, isn't exactly sure where the influx has come from, but she...

CVS Changes Name, Stops Tobacco Sales Early
AP - Associated Press - September 3, 2014

The cigars and cigarettes that used to fill the shelves behind store cash registers have been replaced with nicotine gum and signs urging visitors to kick the tobacco habit.

After quitting tobacco, CVS makes its next health-care moves
The Washington Post - September 3, 2014

For starters, the company said all tobacco sales are ending Wednesday, about a month earlier than the original Oct. 1 target, and it's launching a cessation program to help smokers quit. The company is also undergoing a corporate name change, from CVS ...

CVS Renames Itself CVS Health as It Ends Sale of Tobacco Products
The Wall Street Journal Interactive Edition - September 3, 2014

CVS Caremark Corp. CVS 0.10% emerged from its seven-month purge of tobacco products with a new corporate name: CVS Health. The retail chain and pharmacy-benefits manager unveiled the new moniker Wednesday, coinciding with the sale of its last tobacco...

CVS Bets On Anti-Smoking Positioning with Corporate Commitment ... - September 3, 2014

CVS Health is backing up this huge wager with a passel of new ads and social media activations about the benefits of a smoke-free life under the theme "One ...

Integrity In Retail Health Care: Rethinking The Sale Of Tobacco ...
Health Affairs (blog) - September 3, 2014

... she is confronted with a long row of tobacco products and advertising, just at sight level. ... but the addicted smoker is just going to buy cigarettes somewhere else. ... Cigarette purchases at pharmacies by patients at high risk of smoking-related illness.

CVS Rebrands As It Declares Itself Free Of Tobacco
MediaPost Communications - September 3, 2014

But “one product CVS doesn't plan to carry is electronic cigarettes,” he writes. “We don't think it's consistent with everything that we've talked about,” Merlo told ...

Legislature urges state ban on tobacco sales in pharmacies
Salamanca Press - August 29, 2014

LITTLE VALLEY Cattaraugus County lawmakers voted 16-2 on Wednesday, Aug. 27 in support of a ban on the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies. The resolution, already approved by the Cattaraugus County Board of Health, states that the Cattaraugus County Legislature supports ending the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies, and calls for state legislative action.

Stop outrage over cigarette sale ban
Albany Times Union (blog) - August 20, 2014

I'm writing in response to Chris Churchill's Aug. 14 on the recent Albany County Legislature's vote to ban smoking in pharmacies and supermarkets that contain ...

County lawmakers seek support for statewide ban on sale of ...
Olean Times Herald - August 19, 2014

...The resolution does not seek to ban pharmacies selling tobacco in this county alone. "Tobacco sales in pharmacies raise ethical questions since tobacco is the ... cigarettes on the Seneca Indian territories, according to local health official...

Cattaraugus County health officials vote to join anti-tobacco campaign
Bradford Era - July 31, 2014

“There are eight pharmacies selling cigarettes in Cattaraugus County,” ... In October, that number will be reduced by one, as the CVS in Olean ends tobacco sales. ... on the part of pharmacies that profit from the sale of harmful products such as ...

'Smoke and Mirrors': Eliminating Tobacco from Pharmacies
Huffington Post (blog) - July 28, 2014

Productivity and health care losses, attributable to smoking, cost the nation at ... that would ban our town's CVS from selling cigarettes and tobacco products.

County Towns Revamping Tobacco Regulations - July 6, 2014

LEE, Mass. Dalton, Pittsfield, and Lenox are all currently considering revamping their tobacco regulations as they try to keep ahead of the changing market. Meanwhile, places like Dalton are adopting language to regulate electronic cigarettes. Wilusz said later he will return to that Board of Health to propose a pharmacy ban.

Will Walgreens's Benefit As CVS Drops Cigarettes? - June 23, 2014

Walgreen is the largest pharmacy chain in the United States. ... the first major pharmacy chain in the US to voluntarily give up cigarette and tobacco sales.

CVS Stops Smoking, Strengthens Strategy Shift
Motley Fool - June 20, 2014

CVS Caremark (NYSE: CVS ) announced that it plans to stop selling tobacco products earlier this year. Now the company is involved in a fundraising campaign to support Lung Force, an initiative launched by the American Lung Association (ALA). The goal is to raise awareness about the threat lung cancer poses to women -- it is the leading cause of cancer-related death in women (surpassing breast cancer in 1987). The campaign runs until June 29, 2014.

County Legislature Highlights
Lansing Star - June 20, 2014

The Legislature joined the Tompkins County Board of Health in expressing support of ending the sale of tobacco products in all pharmacies and stores that contain a pharmacy department. The vote was 12-2, with Legislators Dan Klein and Leslyn McBean-Clairborne voting no. Calling tobacco products highly addictive and responsible for the preventable death of thousands of people in the state each year, the resolution approved by the Legislature maintains that sale of such harmful products by pharmacies and providers of health care represents a conflict of interest. The measure notes that, according to a consultant survey last year, more than half of adult residents of Tompkins County believe pharmacies should not be allow to sell tobacco products; that a majority of pharmacists are opposed to pharmacies selling tobacco; and that Attorneys General of 28 states and territories, including New York, believe that removing tobacco products from stores that contain a pharmacy would be a step forward in keeping tobacco products away from youth and preventing youths from starting to smoke.

Tompkins County Supports Ending Pharmacy Tobacco Sales - June 19, 2014

Tompkins County has joined a nationwide push to persuade pharmacies in ending sales of tobacco products. At its Tuesday, June 17 meeting, the county Legislature voted 12-2 (with legislators Dan Klein and Leslyn McBean-Clairborne voting no) in expressing support of ending sales of tobacco products in all pharmacies and stores that contain pharmacy departments.

10 lessons companies can learn from CVS' decision to ditch cigarettes
The Guardian - June 18, 2014

Over the past few months my company, CVS Caremark, has received much attention for its decision to remove tobacco from its 7,600 CVS/pharmacy locations in the US. Some view it as a major step forward for retailers and public health. Others consider it a bold business move where tobacco accounted for $2bn in annual sales. What we saw was a health epidemic with 480,000 tobacco-related deaths each year, and a $300bn annual economic wallop attributed to smoking. It wasnt an easy business decision, but it was the right one

This Week: Tompkins Leaders to Review Ambitious 2015 Capital ... - June 16, 2014

Tompkins County Legislature meets at 5:30 p.m. in Legislative Chambers at the Governor Daniel D. Tompkins building, 121 E. Court St., Ithaca. According to their agenda, legislators will vote on a resolution in support of banning cigarette sales in all pharmacies and stores that contain pharmacies. The action follows New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine's push to persuade major pharmacies to stop selling tobacco products. Tompkins legislators will also vote to accept more than $13,000 in state grant funding to mitigate future flooding at Six Hundred Road in the town of Caroline.

New tobacco regulations take effect in Weymouth
Wicked Local Weymouth - June 12, 2014

Pharmacies and health institutions won't be allowed to sell tobacco products effective Jan. 1, 2015 under new regulations approved by the board of health June 4. E-cigarettes have not been approved by the FDA (Federal Drug Administration) or tested, he said. More information in this report will be available in the June…

Doctors Prescribe a Pharmacy Ban on Tobacco Sales, Dollar Stores ...
Motley Fool - June 12, 2014

Major medical associations are rallying pharmacies to follow the lead of CVS Caremark (NYSE: CVS ) and ban tobacco sales in their stores. Earlier this year the pharmacy chain said that by Oct. 1 it will stop selling cigarettes at its more than 7,600 drugstores, saying the contradiction of it caring for its ...

CVS cigarette ban is right move at right price
Chicago Tribune - June 11, 2014

We learn as children that doing the right thing often comes at a cost. For businesses, there's an actual ledger. If the proverbial road to hell is in fact paved with good intentions, executives with publicly held companies fear the Street will kick them to the curb if steering the straight and narrow means too bumpy a ride for investors. But to outsiders looking in, they may appear to deserve a boot either way. We're rightly appalled when a company is caught dragging its feet doing what its leaders must know is morally correct. Yet when a corporation actually does what it should as CVS Caremark is in discontinuing tobacco sales because pushing the product runs completely counter to the company's health care mission we tend to marvel that it happened at all and only quietly wonder what took so long...

More readers agree retailers should quit selling cigarettes, other tobacco products - June 9, 2014

An unscientific poll last week shows more readers think retailers should join CVS by stopping the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products. Earlier this year, CVS became the first American pharmacy chain to announce it will take a $2 billion

AMA, Doctor Allies Push CVS Rivals To End Tobacco Sales
AllMediaNY - June 9, 2014

Earlier this year, CVS grabbed international kudos that included acclaim from the White House for the giant pharmacy chain's decision to stop selling cigarettes ...

This Week: Ithaca to Hold Hearing on Sidewalk Plan - June 9, 2014

The committee will also discuss a resolution supporting ending sales of tobacco products in pharmacies. • Candor Town Board meets at 7 p.m. in Town Hall, 101 ...

CVS to be tobacco-free by October
Chicago Tribune - June 6, 2014

...stores will continue selling and replenishing tobacco products through an undetermined cessation date later this year, when all inventory will be pulled from shelves in all stores. “Our plan is to stay in business and work down our inventory up through ...

CVS/pharmacy Extends Commitment to Helping People Live Tobacco-Free Lives with New In-store Fundraising Campaign to Support the American Lung Association
The Providence Journal - June 2, 2014

... to align ourselves with community partners on programs that are helping people lead tobacco-free lives," said Helena Foulkes, President, CVS/pharmacy.

Op-ed: Pharmacies and drug stores shouldn't sell tobacco products
Salt Lake Tribune - May 30, 2014

Now is the time for other retail pharmacies to follow suit and discontinue the sale of tobacco products. As CEO and Director of Huntsman Cancer Institute, ...

Costco to pull tobacco products from Seattle warehouse shelves
The Seattle Times - May 23, 2014

Costco Wholesale will stop selling tobacco products June 1 at the sole Puget Sound area warehouse that still carries them, its Fourth Avenue South location. The decision comes amid rising pressure by authorities around the country for large retailers to follow CVS Caremarks move to stop selling cigarettes for health reasons. But Costco Chief Financial Officer Richard Galanti says the move to take tobacco out of the Seattle warehouse is more of a business decision, because very few individual customers buy cigarettes at Costco. Two Costco Business Centers in Lynnwood and Fife will continue to sell cigarettes. Small-business owners account for about 90 percent of tobacco sales at Costco

CVS Caremark publishes 2013 Corporate Social Responsibility ...
Drug Store News - May 19, 2014

In conjunction with stopping the sale of tobacco products, CVS Caremark also will be investing in smoking-cessation programs going forward. Other highlights in ...

CVS Caremark Corporation (NYSE:CVS) CEO And President Larry ...
USTrade Voice - May 16, 2014

The President of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Matthew L. Myers, stated that the courageous decision of CVS Caremark Corporation (NYSE:CVS) ...

Pallone Calls on Pharmacies to Stop Selling Tobacco Products
PolitickerNJ - May 15, 2014

“Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States,” said ... and marketing of Electronic Cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes.

Ban Goes Up in Smoke
The Putnam County Courier (subscription) - May 7, 2014

It's still no cigar when it comes to banning cigarette sales in pharmacies countywide. By the slimmest of 5-4 margins, the Putnam Legislature Tuesday evening ...

NJ Congressman Fights Against Tobacco [AUDIO]
New Jersey 101.5 FM Radio - May 2, 2014

“Pharmacies and chain drug stores, basically their purpose really is to improve people's health,” Pallone said. “It's inconsistent, if you will, to be selling tobacco ...

CVS' Pharmacies Fuel Strong Q1 Earnings Performance
Investor's Business Daily - May 2, 2014

Revenue rose 6.3% to $32.7 billion, beating views, amid a 1.4% overall increase in same-store sales, covering a 3.8% jump in pharmacy sales and a 3.8% drop ...

Bulls See CVS Smoking Competition as Earnings Approach: Options
Bloomberg – April 30, 2014

Even with a ban on tobacco sales forecast to slow earnings, CVS Caremark Corp. (CVS) shareholders still can't seem to kick the habit of owning the stock.

House Lawmakers Ask Drugstores to Toss Tobacco
NACS Online - April 30, 2014

WASHINGTON Close to three months ago, CVS said that by October, it would no longer sell tobacco products in its stores. Now, a dozen House members sent a letter to the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) urging its members to follow suit, the Consumerist reports. Less than a week after the CVS announcement, eight U.S. Senators called upon other drugstores to also ban tobacco sales. Meanwhile, last month, 28 state attorneys general also added their voice to the effort, urging pharmacy retailers to stop selling tobacco products.

CVS To Retain Its Growth Momentum In Q1'14
Trefis - April 30, 2014

Strength In CVS Core Business To Offset Lower Tobacco Sales: In February, CVS declared its decision to exit the tobacco industry by the end of October 2014. The company feels that the decision is consistent with its growing role in the changing healthcare marketplace. It sees this as an opportunity to connect with consumers as an expert in health and beauty and to build loyalty with them. On a 12-month basis, CVS estimates that it will lose approximately $2 billion in annual revenue from tobacco sales and an additional $0.5 billion from the rest of the shoppers basket. Given the expected timing for implementing this change, this will cost $0.06 to $0.09 per share in 2014. However, CVS is confident of maintaining its earnings and segment operating profit guidance as well as the five-year financial targets provided at its Analyst Day conference. It believes that the growing strength in its core business, especially the retail pharmacy business, as well as its profit enhancing initiatives will help offset the $.06 to $.09 EPS shortfall.

Should stores with pharmacies sell cigarettes?
Gazette.Net: Maryland - April 25, 2014

The council introduced a resolution Tuesday calling on the retailers to stop selling cigarettes, saying it contradicts the sale of medicine and health products in ...

Montgomery Co. asks pharmacists to stop selling tobacco products
WJLA - April 22, 2014

(WJLA) - Bruce Goodarzi says that not allowing pharmacies to sell tobacco products ... he runs Rockville Pharmacy, and has always chosen not to sell cigarettes.

Braintree Health Board backs stricter tobacco rules
Wicked Local Braintree - April 18, 2014

Braintree's move to ban cigarette sales in pharmacies also follows a trend that many see as inevitable. Boston banned the sale of tobacco products in ...

Florida Pharmacy Association to sponsor Tobacco Free Florida Week
Sunshine State News - April 18, 2014

... the Sixth Annual Tobacco Free Florida Week, an effort to encourage members to help clients understand that it is in their best interest to be smoke free.

Lawmakers Mixed on Cigarette Sales Ban ($$)
Putnam County News and Recorder (subscription) - April 16, 2014

The Putnam Legislature next month will again attempt to approve a resolution banning cigarette sales in pharmacies countywide. Last year such a move failed by a 7-2 vote.

Richard's Market on Lanai stops selling cigarettes, tobacco products
Pacific Business News (Honolulu) - April 15, 2014

Richards Market, one of only a few supermarkets in Lanai City, ceased selling cigarette and tobacco products on Monday in a move mirroring Longs Drugs parent CVS Caremark, citing the right thing to do for its customers as they strive for better health.

Bill Pfeifer: Pharmacies must quit selling tobacco products
Arizona Daily Star - April 14, 2014

This February, CVS Caremark announced that it was ending tobacco sales in its retail pharmacies. The American Lung Association agrees that selling cigarettes ...

Which Pharmacy Chain is Truly Anti-Smoking?
The Reality-Based Community - April 14, 2014

CVS Pharmacies recently took the remarkable step of ending its sales of tobacco products nationwide. The remaining US pharmacy chains were recently asked to follow CVS lead by a range of public health advocacy groups including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Cardiology, the American Lung Association, Action on Smoking & Health, the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, Legacy, the National African American Tobacco Prevention Network and the Trust for Americans Health. But one prominent organization refused to sign: The American Cancer Society.

CVS kicking tobacco habit; others to follow?
Dubuque Telegraph Herald - April 12, 2014

Since announcement in February, chain's shares have hit all-time highs 10 times It has long been gospel among retailers that tobacco pulls so much business into stores, with smokers also picking up water, gum or a bag of chips, that dumping it would be a sales killer. Since the nation's second-largest drugstore chain announced it would dump tobacco just over two months ago, its shares have hit new all-time highs 10 times. That's not to say that the CVS case is unique. CVS Caremark Corp. is part of a booming industry. In that same stretch since early February, shares of rivals Walgreen Co. and Rite Aid Corp. have surged as well.

CVS goes cold turkey; may pressure rivals, or not
Knoxville News Sentinel - April 10, 2014

However, with pressure from anti-smoking forces growing, tobacco use waning and ... in the face of tax hikes, smoking bans, health concerns and social stigma.

Retailers watching US drugstore for effects of cigarette withdrawal
CTV News - April 9, 2014

It's probably too early to say, but major retailers will be paying close attention to the sales numbers after CVS Caremark pulls tobacco from its shelves by October. If the old retail rules governing tobacco have not changed outright, they are at least coming up for review.

SWAT honors CVS store
Apalachicola Times - April 9, 2014

5, Larry J. Merlo, president and CEO of CVS Caremark said, "Ending the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products at CVS/pharmacy is the right thing for us to do .

ViewPoint: Follow the CVS model: Make your bottom line work with your mission
Boston Business Journal – April 4, 2014

CVS Caremark’s decision to stop selling tobacco products will cost the company $2 billion in annual sales, or about 6 to 9 cents in profit per share this year. It may seem unusual that the CVS Caremark board would support a decision to lower shareholder profits in the immediate term. ...

CVS Caremark right to remove tobacco
Gloversville Leader-Herald - April 4, 2014

I am happy to say I will be supporting my local CVS as they transition to a tobacco-free retailer by making them my pharmacy of choice. I won't have to worry ...

Walgreen Ready to Smoke CVS With Tobacco Sales
Motley Fool - March 28, 2014

Despite a gang of U.S. senators and state attorneys general attempting to bully pharmacy chains to follow the lead of CVS Caremark (NYSE: CVS ) in banning ...

CVS right to halt cigarette sales, most say
Rochester Business Journal - March 28, 2014

I favor banning the sale of tobacco products altogether. ... administration, and the CEO asked me what I thought of banning smoking on the “acute care floors.

How pharmacies are hurting Hispanic health
VOXXI - March 28, 2014

We all know pharmacies sell tobacco products, but did you know they are ... and their role is contradicted by the sale of cigarettes,” said Andrew Peterson ... Among Hispanic subgroups, however, cigarette use varies significantly, with ... For many pharmacies in urban neighborhoods, tobacco sales are important for business.

Pressure on Pharmacies to Break Up With Big Tobacco Increases
Motley Fool-by Rupert Hargreaves - March 26, 2014

CVS recently announced that it will stop stocking tobacco products in stores, now Rite Aid and Walgreen are being pressured to follow A group of attorneys-general from 28 states and territories has sent a letter to the chief executives of Wal-Mart, Walgreen (NYSE: WAL), Rite Aid (NYSE: RAD), Safeway, and Kroger asking them to remove tobacco products from their tobacco shelves. The letters all followed a common line, mainly the fact that: This pressure follows a move by a trio of organizations, including the National Consumers League, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, and the Change to Win Retail Initiatives, which sent a letter to Walgreen earlier this year asking the company to remove tobacco products from its 8,700 stores. Further, it would appear that CVS as well as other drugstores will still stock smoking cessation aids or, as Philip Morris International and Altria (NYSE: MO) like to call them, "reduced-risk products," and both Philip Morris and Altria have been working to increase their share of this market during the past year. For example, Altria already has two "reduced-risk" products for sale within the United States. These products are Verve, a chewable nicotine product, and Denmark, a type of gum that contains tobacco. Altria is also receiving several new reduced risk products as part of a technology-sharing deal agreed upon recently with Philip Morris. In exchange for the "reduced-risk" products, Philip Morris is receiving exclusive rights to market Altria's e-cig products outside of the U.S. Now, I could mention electronic cigarettes here and say that Altria will benefit from sales of e-cigs in drugstores, but due to the regulatory environment surrounding e-cigs, I'm not comfortable with making this claim.

Walgreen Isn't Quite Ready to Quit Smoking
Businessweek - March 25, 2014

Thats the ongoing cigarette policy at Walgreen (WAG), weeks after CVS Caremark (CVS), its larger rival, pledged to quit hawking tobacco. Yet, on a conference call with analysts this morning, Chief Executive Officer Gregory Wasson managed to not quite answer a question about just how much cigarette business it could pick up from CVSs decision to snuff out smokes. What were focused on is to help encourage our customers to make healthy choices, and not only just with cigarettes, but with daily habits, Wasson said. That includes helping people quit.

Cigarettes Continue to Draw Customers
Convenience Store Decisions - March 21, 2014

Cigarettes, along with other tobacco products (OTP), combined to account for 40.7% of ... However, according to Information Resources Inc. (IRI), cigarette sales in the ... like smoking bans, health concerns, pricing and other government regulations, ... “We're who they come to and as supermarkets, pharmacies and big- box ...

Attorney Generals Asking Pharmacies to Stop Selling Tobacco ...
WRIC - March 20, 2014

"I think it's probably in their best interest not to sell tobacco based on the fact that they're trying to sell drugs and pharmaceuticals to support good health," says ...

Will Walgreen and Wal-Mart Follow CVS' Lead and Stop Selling ...
Motley Fool - March 20, 2014

"Smoking is the leading cause of premature illness and death in the United States. ... smokers as the move just seems to make sense -- like banning open flames ...

Walgreens promotes health but still sells tobacco
Indianapolis Star - March 20, 2014

Incongruently, Walgreens' Well Experience also includes the sale of tobacco. Pharmacists are health care colleagues who provide essential services; they dispense ... In Indiana, Walgreens' tobacco sales have outraged a group of interested ...

Should Walmart, Walgreens Stop Selling Tobacco? - March 19, 2014

The group wants the ban for stores with pharmacies. "There is a contradiction in having these dangerous and devastating tobacco products on the shelves of a ...

Indiana Attorney General Urges Retailers to End Tobacco Sales
MyWabashValley - March 19, 2014

Smokers and non-smokers here in the valley agreee. "The accessibility of the cigarets it is really a burden, they can't stop. I've been trying to stop for a long time ...

States want pharmacies to stop selling cigarettes
ConsumerAffairs - March 19, 2014

When CVS announced in February that it would stop selling cigarettes, it became just a matter of time until other chains followed suit or were pressured to do so by health advocates. And, sure enough, a coalition of state attorneys general is now calling on Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Rite-Aid, Safeway and Kroger to remove all tobacco products from their shelves. Pharmacies and drug stores, which increasingly market themselves as a source ... The fact that these stores profit from the sale of cigarettes and tobacco must ...

Why It Doesn't Matter If Wal-Mart and Walgreen Stop Selling Cigarettes
Motley Fool - March 18, 2014

It's nice to think that companies like Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) and Walgreen (NYSE: WAG) could drive a stake through the heart of the tobacco industry if they chose not to sell cigarettes. But this simply isn't the case.

Group of state AGs want businesses to stomp out tobacco
WSHM-TV - March 18, 2014

Cigarettes, chewing tobacco and similar products - all come with warnings from Surgeon General. And now a group of attorneys general are joining the fight against smoking. The prosecutors sent a letter to Walgreens and Rite-Aid - along with Walmart, Kroger and Safeway, bigger retailers with pharmacies in their stores.

Martha Coakley backs AGs' call to snuff smokes
Boston Herald - March 18, 2014

A group of 28 state attorneys general are calling on Wal-Mart and other retailers to follow the lead of CVS Caremark and stop selling tobacco products in their stores with pharmacies a move Massachusetts AG Martha Coakley backs but has not yet signed.

AGs to pharmacies: Stop selling tobacco. Please.
New York Business Journal - March 17, 2014

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is hoping to pressure major chain pharmacies to follow the lead of CVS Caremark Corp. and stop selling tobacco products. Schneiderman and his Ohio counterpart Mike DeWine authored a letter(PDF) released today, cosigned by 26 other state AGs from states, Washington, D.C. and U.S. territories, asking them to remove tobacco products promptly. The letter does not threaten any force, such as legislation or litigation. It also does not mention e-cigarettes.

Walgreens promotes health but still sells tobacco
Indianapolis Star - March 17, 2014

Its really important to be rooted in health care, Beth Stiller, vice president of category strategy and innovation for Walgreens said. We continue to innovate around how to increase the role of community pharmacy, become a destination, and help with health care in our communities. This is a quote from the June 14, 2013, USA Today regarding Walgreens retail strategy of increasingly offering health-care services, among other consumer products, fresh foods and amenities. She continued, Theyre part of an overhaul Walgreens is implementing across many of its stores in an effort to emphasize overall health and wellness. Walgreens calls it the Well Experience. Last year, a Chicago Tribune journalist interviewed Walgreens CEO Greg Wasson, a graduate of the Purdue University College of Pharmacy, stating, He wants his stores to be known as a destination for health and daily living. He believes that Walgreens can and will play a bigger role in the delivery of health care. He wants his customers to turn to their store pharmacists, nurse practitioners, and doctors for primary care. Incongruently, Walgreens Well Experience also includes the sale of tobacco. Walgreens should follow CVS bold lead. If Walgreens considers itself to be a health-care provider, why cant it act like one?

States urge retail giants with pharmacies to stop selling tobacco
Boston Globe - March 17, 2014

More than two dozen attorneys general sent letters Sunday to five of the countrys largest retailers, encouraging them to stop selling tobacco products in stores that have pharmacies, which would follow the example CVS Caremark set with its announcement this year that it would stop selling such products in its drugstores.

24 States Pressure Walmart, Walgreens To Stop Selling Cigarettes
Huffington Post - March 17, 2014

Attorney Generals from 24 states, Washington D.C., and three U.S. territories sent letters to the country's biggest pharmaceutical retailers Monday, including Walmart and Walgreens, asking them to stop selling tobacco products.

Letter: Commending CVS for tobacco policy
INFORUM - March 15, 2014

As a public health agency we are always educating on the harms of tobacco-use and exposure. We know that smoking kills nearly 500,000 Americans each year, and costs $289 billion in health care costs.

Marin CVS stops sales of tobacco
Novato Advance - March 13, 2014

The rate of reduction in smoking prevalence has stalled in the past decade. ... The association explicitly stated that the ban should apply to all ... Calls for banning tobacco sales in pharmacies have also come from the American ... led by San Francisco and Boston, have banned the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies.

CVS rightly says no to tobacco
Youngstown Vindicator - March 7, 2014

Tribune: CVS Caremark Corp. recently decided to pull tobacco products from its ... can still purchase tobacco products, just not any longer at CVS pharmacies.

CVS readies for future, will stop selling tobacco Oct. 1
Rappahannock News - March 3, 2014

RICHMOND The giant U.S. pharmacy chain CVS announced it will stop ... Having the sale of tobacco products along with advertising better health really ... with the customers as they grab their heart medicine along two packs of cigarettes. ...

Letter to the editor: CVS made smart biz decision yanking tobacco from shelves
Columbus Business First- February 28, 2014

...products in October. Despite tremendous progress over the last 50 years that has cut adult smoking rates in half, tobacco use remains a concern in Ohio with its adult smoking rate at 23 percent –11th...

Hoping more pharmacies ban tobacco sales
Morning Sentinel - February 28, 2014

..., when Schieffer praised CVS pharmacies for phasing out cigarettes and ... to see the sale — and the scourge — of tobacco products banned in my lifetime....

CVS to kick the habit in October
The Rushville Republican - February 28, 2014

“Ending the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products at CVS is the right thing for us to do for our ... While the prevalence of cigarette smoking has decreased from ... Also added was that being the first pharmacy to drop tobacco sales maybe a ...

WELL: CVS Kicks the Tobacco Habit
Bloomberg View - February 27, 2014

...But we shouldn't let the perfect be the enemy of the good, as they say. This was the right call, one that should have been made a long time ago. Pharmacies shouldn't be selling cigarettes. It's bad for business....

26 Leading Health Groups Call on Drug Stores and Other Retailers ...
SYS-CON Media (press release) - February 26, 2014
WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Twenty-six of the nation's leading public health and medical organizations today issued an open letter calling on drug stores and other retailers to follow the example of CVS Caremark and end the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products.

ALA applauds pharmacy's decision to stop selling tobacco
La Crosse Tribune - February 26, 2014

For the past 30 years, Ive fought for lung health with the American Lung Association. Our organization has been a leader in the battle against tobacco, which is the leading cause of preventable illness and death in the U.S

Hudson raises age to buy cigarettes to 21
MetroWest Daily News - February 26, 2014

HUDSON Beginning in July, 18-year-olds will no longer be able to buy cigarettes in town, as Hudson health officials Tuesday night approved raising the minimum purchase age for tobacco products to 21. The Board of Health also banned smoking in town-owned parks and playgrounds and voted to prohibit healthcare institutions, such as pharmacies, from selling tobacco products in town to help reduce the high percentage of cigarette smokers in town.

Petitioning Walgreens: Walgreens and Duane Reade: Stop selling tobacco products - February 25, 2014

In light of CVS's recent decision to discontinue the sale of tobacco products, it is time for Walgreens to make the same commitment to furthering public health. We ask that Walgreens cease the sale of tobacco products as soon as possible.

When Health Is Your Business: Pharmacies Must Stop Selling Cigarettes
Huffington Post (blog) - February 24, 2014

Upstairs on the VA hospital ward, I took care of patients who were dying, slowly and painfully, from smoking-induced lung disease. I spent rare breaks downstairs in the canteen where patients and care providers smoked, second-hand smoke filled the air and cigarettes were sold at enticingly low prices. As a medical resident in the mid-80s, I was being taught the shameful and paradoxical lesson that it was acceptable to sell cigarettes in the same health-care facility where I spent long hours learning to treat patients being killed by tobacco products. We've come a long way from those times. VA hospitals no longer sell cigarettes, but many pharmacies have perpetuated this unconscionable practice, even as they clamor to take ever larger roles in health care...

CVS should be commended for ending cigarette sales - February 23, 2014

Cigarettes being sold at pharmacies have been an ongoing issue for many years. Branded as a health-care resource providing medications to make people ...

Will Walgreen Follow CVS' Anti-Tobacco Move?
DailyFinance February 23, 2014

CVS' well-publicized decision to stop selling tobacco products in its stores was done for all the right reasons from a health perspective. The company reckons that the move will cost it around $2 billion in annual sales, which is under 2% of its 2013 revenue. However, now that CVS has made the first move, pressure has been increasing on Walgreen to also remove tobacco products from its stores.

Kathleen Sebelius: CVS decision will improve America's health
The Providence Journal - February 22, 2014

I believe a tobacco-free generation is within our reach, but it will take commitment from across the spectrum from federal, state and local governments, but ...

Quick Takes
UCSD The Guardian -February 21, 2014

Cigarettes, ubiquitous and dangerously addicting, may no longer be found at CVS ... Hoping for a chain reaction of other drugstores and pharmacies following suit ... as it is the first among major drugstores to decide on discontinuing tobacco sales. ... Euromonitor International reported 47.5 percent of the 290 billion cigarette ...

Mixed reactions from Peninsula residents on CVS cessation of ...
San Francisco Examiner - February 21, 2014

...s recent announcement that it will stop selling tobacco products has elicited a variety ... secondhand smoke restrictions that currently apply to tobacco cigarettes. ...

Wal-Mart urged to end tobacco sales ($$)
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - February 20, 2014

The recent decision by drugstore chain CVS Caremark to halt tobacco sales at its 7,600-plus stores prompted some lawmakers to ask other big-name retailers to do the same.

CVS shows leadership in ending tobacco sales
Baltimore Business Journal – February 21, 2014

...products and to embark on a campaign to help people quit smoking, which will also help reduce our communities’ healthcare costs. During my decades-long career fighting cancer, I ...

Dracut pharmacies to become smoke free March 1
Boston Business Journal (blog) - February 21, 2014

Dracut pharmacies to become smoke free March 1. Staff Boston Business Journal. Pharmacies in Dracut will stop selling cigarettes March 1, the Lowell Sun ...

Letter to the Editor: CVS’ bold action against cancer
St. Louis Business Journal – February 21, 2014

...Limit access to tobacco products in the workplace • Create smoke-free workplaces and help employees stop smoking • Join CEOs Against Cancer to make a positive impact on your business and community Thank you …

Guest Opinion: Westport youth helped snuff out pharmacy tobacco ...
Fall River Herald News - February 19, 2014

Guest Opinion: Westport youth helped snuff out pharmacy tobacco sales ... to present it the benefits of banning the sale of tobacco in our town's pharmacies. ... is sold to make a person feel better, to sell a deadly product such as cigarettes. ... to have influenced the ban of the sale of tobacco products in both pharmacies in the ...

An evaluation of CVS's motives in banning of cigarette sales
keene-equinox - February 20, 2014

I believe that this could be the future of pharmacies across the nation in just a few ... principles of a health care provider, thus the reason for the ban on cigarettes.

CVS strives to improve health of America
Rutartan - February 20, 2014

Since CVS is one of the most popular pharmacies in the United States, they are ... “Ending the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products at CVS is the right thing for us to ... CVS can expect to see a 2 billion dollar decrease from sales, but they are ...

Philip C. Cochran: CVS smart to dump tobacco products
Muncie Star Press - February 18, 2014

This month, CVS announced that it would become the first national pharmacy chain to halt tobacco sales a decision that paid immediate dividends in positive ...

CVS sets example for other pharmacies with tobacco ban: PennLive ...
The Patriot-News - February 18, 2014

Congratulations to CVS Pharmacy for eliminating tobacco products from their stores. As a physician, it always struck me as a contradiction that pharmacies sell ...

Did CVS halt tobacco sales to join ACOs?
FierceHealthPayer - February 18, 2014

CVS Caremark's decision to stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products could mean more partnerships between insurers and the pharmacy giant, reported Forbes.

CVS Will Stop Selling Cigarettes By October
Justmeans (blog) - February 18, 2014

Chain pharmacies are increasingly retooling themselves as health and wellness centers. There are several reasons why, including the Affordable Care Acts expansion of access to health care coverage. Some chain pharmacies are now running retail health clinics. Over 1,600 such clinics are operated by CVS Caremark, Walgreens, Rite Aid and other chain stores. Some have questioned how pharmacies that offer health services can sell cigarettes which are linked to a slew of health problems, including lung cancer. CVS understands the paradox of selling cigarettes. The company announced recently that it will stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products at all of its 7,600 stores across the U.S. by October 1, 2014.

Off Beat: Pharmacy chain's tobacco announcement an echo
The Columbian - February 17, 2014

After almost three decades, the nation's second-biggest pharmacy chain is ... in The Columbian: "Cigarettes snuffed: 10 Hi-School shops to stop tobacco sales.".

Should CVS Caremark be praised or confronted?
Associated Baptist Press (blog) - February 17, 2014

Reports are that selling tobacco products is a $2 billion income stream for CVS. Yet they believe they will more than make it up through new partnerships they are negotiating with hospitals to be part of an integrative health care provider system. In fact, hospitals are challenging them on their sale of tobacco products and it might be suggested that their failure to cease selling tobacco products could be a deal breaker.

CVS kicks the habit
North Andover Citizen - February 17, 2014

CVS Caremark, a national chain of pharmacies and convenience stores, has opted to stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products effective Oct. 1 this year. The decision by the corporation comes almost two years after the North Andover Board of Health had discussed the possibility of barring the sale of smokes at pharmacies in town

Local health officials look to curb tobacco sales
Berkshire Eagle - February 17, 2014

LEE -- Local health officials hope to curb tobacco sales in Berkshire County by capitalizing on CVS' self-imposed nationwide ban of tobacco products from its 7,600 stores later this year. Pittsfield, Lee, Lenox, Stockbridge and, as of April 1, Adams currently prohibit tobacco sales in pharmacies or in stores with pharmacies, among 70 cities and towns statewide who have instituted such a ban since 2009. Wilusz plans to meet with the North Adams Board of Health next month to discuss a pharmaceutical tobacco ban in that city.

OPINION: Nation should follow CVS - February 15, 2014

This year, the U.S. surgeon general issued a report to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the initial landmark 1964 report linking tobacco smoke with lung...

CVS promotes health, gains public interest
DIG Magazine - February 15, 2014

“Ending the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products at CVS/pharmacy is the right ... Within a week of announcing their ban on tobacco, CVS Caremark company ... losses of tobacco sales and instead focus on selling healthcare-related items.

How Obamacare Helps CVS Kick The Habit
Forbes - February 15, 2014

CVS has estimated that its decision to cease tobacco sales by October will ... The idea is to improve health outcomes and ACOs need pharmacists to do that.

CVS tobacco ban sparks sustainability questions (blog) - February 14, 2014

CVS, a national pharmacy chain and increasingly, a healthcare provider, ... This, of course, will come along with the loss of profits associated with cigarette sales, and it ... By abandoning tobacco sales, CVS now can be taken much more seriously ... We all have some "cigarettes" on our shelves that need trashing over time ...

Trend that's worth continuing
Fort Wayne Journal - February 14, 2014

Companies have seen little incentive to stop tobacco sales, and for good financial ... “Ending the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products at CVS/pharmacy is the ...

CVS: Committed Vs. Smoking
Fort Wayne Journal - February 14, 2014

Last week, CVS announced that it would become the first national pharmacy chain to halt tobacco sales – a decision that paid immediate dividends in positive ...

Northeast Ohio officials praise CVS for removing tobacco products ... - February 14, 2014

Pharmacy mogul CVS recently announced plans to cut all tobacco sales by Oct. 1, ... Axing cigarette sales is just one component of CVS's aim for promoting ... While CVS hopes cutting tobacco sales will impede smokers from obtaining cigarettes, ... While Becker understands those concerns, he looks at the ban on tobacco ...

Other views: CVS deserves credit for altering tobacco policy
Aiken Standard - February 13, 2014

The decision by CVS pharmacies nationwide to quit selling cigarettes and ... About $1.5 billion of the company's $123 billion in annual sales comes from tobacco. ... of Coke without endangering themselves but even one cigarette is harmful.

New CVS policy already exists in Oswego County pharmacies
Oswegonian - February 13, 2014

Her stance on tobacco sales in pharmacy is summed up in the letter: “No doctor ... Jenkins expressed her excitement over the CVS ban on tobacco products.

CVS puts its money where its cigarettes are - February 13, 2014

CVS Caremark operates nearby pharmacies in Oberlin, Elyria, Lorain, North ... The company announced last week that it will end all cigarette sales at its 7,600 stores ... “The sale of tobacco products is inconsistent with our purpose – helping ...

RISH: All Mississippi pharmacies should stop selling tobacco products
Hattiesburg (MS) American - February 13, 2014

As a practicing pulmonologist, I see the devastation cigarette smoke wreaks on the body, and encourage other mega-pharmacy networks such as Walgreens and Walmart to assume the same social responsibility as CVS has demonstrated this week.

When teens took on tobacco - February 13, 2014

When CVS announced it would stop selling tobacco products last week, an extra ... That's where the push to get cigarettes off pharmacy shelves was begun 14 years ... BOLD got a meeting with the paper to talk about cigarette ads, but it didn't seem ... Health Commission, urging it to ban cigarettes from pharmacies citywide, ...

Editorial | CVS deserves credit for tobacco policy - February 13, 2014

The decision by CVS pharmacies nationwide to quit selling cigarettes and other ... About $1.5 billion of the company's $123 billion in annual sales comes from tobacco. ... of Coke without endangering themselves but even one cigarette is harmful. ...

Editorial: CVS stores revoke the smoke
MENAFN.COM - February 13, 2014

This is the first time a national chain pharmacy has taken tobacco products off its shelves. ... The institute published statistics that show 443,000 people die from cigarette smoke ... Cigarettes affect not just the person who smokes them, but also those who are ... The decision would cut about 2 billion in sales for CVS stores.

Cartoon: Everything's healthy at the tobacco-free CVS
OpEdNews - February 12, 2014

February 12, 2014 at 16:50:14 Permalink Cartoon: Everything's healthy at the tobacco-free CVS. Tell A Friend. SAVE AS FAVORITE · VIEW FAVORITES ...

CVS Caremark Corporation (CVS) news: CVS: Bright Long-Term ...
Seeking Alpha - February 12, 2014

Tobacco sales were responsible for drawing 17 cents per share on an ... In my honest opinion, it is a rather proactive approach to drop tobacco from its pharmacies. ... Discontinuing the cigarette sales is good for the company from a financial ...

Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association (HOPA) Applauds ...
PR Newswire (press release) - February 12, 2014

"Tobacco-related deaths are preventable and CVS/Caremark's bold decision is an important step in the right direction. Many cancers are not preventable, and ...

Adams approves new restrictions on sale of tobacco products
Berkshire Eagle - February 12, 2014

The use of e-cigarettes and other tobacco-related products in public spaces, ... from local store owners that restrictions on cigar sales were unnecessary. ... no pharmacy representatives voiced displeasure with the pharmacy ban proposal.

Community applauds pharmacies that trash tobacco sales
Gainesville Times - February 12, 2014

Some pharmacies dropped the harmful product long ago. ... “Ending the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products at CVS/pharmacy is the right thing for us to do ...

Groups Call On Walgreens To Stop Evaluating Cigarette Sales And Just Stop Them Already
The Consumerist-by Chris Morran - February 12, 2014

Last week, Walgreens responded to the news that CVS would stop selling cigarettes by saying it was evaluating its tobacco line. That didnt sit well with some advocacy groups who have called on the nations largest drugstore chain to give up its nicotine addiction. In a letter to Walgreens CEO Greg Wasson (not to be confused with Nightmare On Elm Street 3 star Craig Wasson), representatives for the National Consumers League, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, and Change to Win Retail Initiatives, ask the retailer to follow the lead of CVS and stop selling and advertising tobacco products

CVS decision to end cigarette sales inspires quitting, health officials ...
Press of Atlantic City - February 12, 2014

CVS's decision to stop selling tobacco products is another important step in hopefully reducing South Jersey's highest-in-the-state adult smoking rates, health officials contend.

CVS sets powerful example for China's tobacco fight
Chinadaily USA - February 12, 2014

However, CVS Caremark President and CEO Larry Merlo said that ending the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products at CVS/pharmacy is the right thing for the ...

Harkin urges US pharmacy chains to follow CVS lead on tobacco sales - February 11, 2014

This could be the beginning of the end of cigarette sales in big chain drug stores, some Iowa health advocates believe. Now that CVS Caremark is pulling tobacco products from the shelves of its 7,600 U.S. stores, including 18 in Iowa, U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa is leading a charge for other national pharmacy chains to follow suit.

Editorial: CVS leads the way on cigarettes - February 11, 2014

CVS Pharmacy announced it's dropping sales of cigarettes and other tobacco products because the chain's leaders decided that selling tobacco conflicts with its ...

Years before CVS stubbed out cigarettes, Hiller's grocery chain did the same
The Detroit News - February 11, 2014

Jim Hiller says cigarettes were worth $250,000 a year to Hiller's, his chain of mostly mid-sized ... than 7,600 CVS drugstores, announced last week that it's phasing out the sale of tobacco products. ... Hiller says CVS just became his pharmacy.

DETROIT: Henry Ford Health System supports CVS ban on tobacco ...
Southgate News Herald - February 11, 2014

CVS Caremark announced that it will stop selling cigarettes and other ... all of which oppose tobacco sales in stores that include pharmacies, Szilagyi said.

No Dip for CVS Following Tobacco Announcement
TIME - February 11, 2014

CVSs stock price rose as the company reported glowing earnings Tuesday, positioning the nations largest pharmacy chain for a strong year less than one week after it announced it would stop selling tobacco products in the U.S.

Walgreen should join CVS in the no-smoking section
Crain's Chicago Business - February 10, 2014

In announcing this month that, as of Oct. 1, CVS Caremark Corp. will no longer carry tobacco products in its 7,600 stores, company President and CEO Larry J. Merlo has acknowledged the obvious incongruity of selling cigarettes and other deadly tobacco products while positioning the drugstore chain's pharmacies as health care providers. The decision is momentous, as it heralds a new day of reckoning both for CVS Caremark's peers in the retail pharmacy sector and, importantly, for the tobacco industry. As shareholders and members of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR), we have been engaging Fortune 500 companies to encourage stronger oversight of environmental and social impacts for more than four decades. And a group of our members has been convening discussions with retail pharmacy chains on the patent hypocrisy of selling tobacco products for more than 20 years. CVS was a relatively new engagement for our investor group, and we were pleasantly surprised when they exhibited this unexpected about-face.

Following CVS tobacco decision, medical groups want bans at more retailers
Baltimore Business Journal - February 10, 2014

The big question following CVS Caremark Corp.'s announcement to stop selling tobacco at its stores is whether other businesses might follow suit. Maryland and Washington, D.C., medical societies are hoping more businesses will have to.

Editorial: Pharmacies making the right call in removing tobacco from ...
Opelousas Daily World - February 10, 2014

But if local independent pharmacists can survive without tobacco sales, then surely a giant like CVS Caremark, which sells everything from groceries to ...

Editorial: CVS's smart shift away from tobacco
Troy Record - February 10, 2014

But there has always been a question about what to do next to curb tobacco use. That question received a refreshingly honest answer Thursday that came not from government but from business. The pharmacy chain and retailer CVS Caremark said it would phase out tobacco sales at its more than 7,600 stores by Oct. 1, a decision that will cause it to forgo an estimated $2 billion in revenue. The company said, The sale of tobacco products is inconsistent with our purpose helping people on their path to better health.

CVS puts new nail in cigarettes' coffin
Chicago Sun-Times - February 10, 2014

'A cigarette is the perfect type of a perfect pleasure, Oscar Wilde wrote, in 'The ... after that tobacco orgy, my mouth felt like the floor of a cab, my lungs did not breathe ... I couldn't pop another $4 for a pack another life saved by cheapness. More lives will no doubt be saved by CVS Caremark announcing last week it will stop selling cigarettes at its 7,600 drugstores. Not so much because smokers wont be able to buy tobacco theres always somewhere else, though other chains, particularly No. 1 Deerfield-based Walgreen, will surely follow but from CVS giving a big turn to the vise of social disapproval that has been tightening on smoking for my entire life.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal calls on pharmacies to follow CVS lead in banning tobacco sales
New Haven Register - February 10, 2014

Sen. Richard Blumenthal is calling on other drug stores to follow CVSs lead and stop selling tobacco products. The Connecticut Democrat and members of the Mobilize Against Tobacco for Connecticuts Health Coalition are set to gather at a CVS in Hartford on Monday to urge all drug stores to sacrifice some profits but help save lives. He says smoking kills 480,000 Americans each year and costs the nation more than $289 million in health care costs.

CVS halting cigarette sales will not have much impact, experts say
Daily Northwestern - February 9, 2014

CVS Caremarks decision last week to halt its sale of tobacco products will likely have little effect on local and individual smoking habits, a Northwestern health expert said. CVS Caremark, the parent company of CVS stores, announced Wednesday that it will stop selling cigarettes and all other...

We should discourage use of e-cigarettes
Brazosport Facts (subscription) - February 9, 2014

This week, CVS pharmacies announced they no longer will carry tobacco products as of October of this year. The paradox of providing health care services and ...

Barnidge: CVS decision is one more reason to celebrate for ...
Contra Costa Times - February 9, 2014

No one was happier than Denice Dennis last week after the CVS drugstore chain announced it will discontinue selling tobacco products. The manager of the Contra Costa Tobacco Prevention Project has spent the last 16 years fighting to eliminate tobacco use.

CVS pharmacies ending cigarette, tobacco sales despite potential $2 billion loss
Long Beach (CA) Press-Telegram - February 7, 2014

Susan Price, manager for the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services’ Bureau of Community Health, also applauded CVS’ decision. “This is a significant win for public health,” said Price, whose bureau oversees the Tobacco Education Program,...

Dedham BOH Supports CVS's Decision to Stop Tobacco Sales - February 7, 2014

While pharmacies in Dedham are already prohibited from selling tobacco, ... of CVS Caremark's decision to stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products in ...

Many Mainers approve of CVS decision to stop selling tobacco ...
Bangor Daily News - February 7, 2014

...5, 2014, that it will clear its shelves of cigars, cigarettes, and other tobacco products ... losing cigarette sales because of his decision last month to drop tobacco products, ... municipalities, including Boston, have banned tobacco sales in pharmacies. ... bans and believes they helped pharmacies get comfortable with the idea.

Gas stations need to kick the habit, too
Boston Globe - February 7, 2014

But if this country really wants to reduce smoking, we need to get gas stations and convenience stores to stop carrying packs of smokes, too.

Medical Society Applauds CVS' Decision to Stop Selling Tobacco
Physicians News Digest - February 7, 2014

Another health care threat mimics tobacco and is becoming more popular each day with our country's younger generations. That threat? Electronic cigarettes.

CVS' Tobacco Exit Draws Reaction, Applause
CSNews Online - February 7, 2014
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CVS did not respond to a CSNews Online inquiry regarding where e-cigarettes stand in relation to the October move. However, according to Time, CVS doesn't ...

Expert QA: CDC's Tom Frieden on CVS and Tobacco
WebMD (blog) - February 7, 2014

When pharmacies decide not to sell tobacco products, is the primary benefit the ... modification modality — as in, “If you behave well you can get 5 cigarettes.

CVS's tobacco decision may benefit it in long run
Greensboro (NC) News & Record - February 7, 2014 likely to weather any potential storms, local business experts say. Yes, even here in North Carolina where tobacco is king. “I think that in the long run, they are going to come up ahead,” said Daniel Hall, an assistant professor of economics at High ...

Time is right for Kroger to stop selling tobacco
Cincinnati Business Courier – February 7, 2014 in the health business. Many Kroger locations have pharmacies. There are more than a dozen Little Clinics in Cincinnati Kroger stores, and the Little Clinic website features advertisements for smoking cessation courses …

Blount County doctor praises CVS for end of tobacco sales
Maryville Daily Times - February 7, 2014

CVS pharmacies across the country announced Wednesday plans to stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products in all of its 7,600 ... part of the health-care system, the continued sale of tobacco has come under fire. ... “That makes me feel better than government banning it, but people will find other ways to do it.

E-Cigarette Makers Seize On CVS' Decision To Stop Selling ...
ThinkProgress-by Sy Mukherjee - February 7, 2014

On Wednesday, CVS made history by becoming the first major U.S. pharmacy chain to agree to stop selling all tobacco products in its stores. And e-cigarette ...

Staten Islanders weigh in on CVS' pending removal of cigarettes ... - February 6, 2014

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- CVS, the nation's second-largest drugstore chain, is kicking the habit of selling tobacco products as it continues to shift its focus toward ...

Smokers react to CVS going tobacco free
OCRegister (subscription) - February 6, 2014

Business. Smokers react to CVS going tobacco free. Tweet. Most Popular. Why it cost a Huntington Beach couple $20K to get a cute Corgi off Orange County's ...

CVS Pulls Tobacco Products From Its Shelves; Baltimore Puts ...
CBS Local - February 6, 2014

CVS Pulls Tobacco Products From Its Shelves; Baltimore Puts Smoking Bans On The Table ... Linh Bui has details on a bill in the works to ban smoking. ... When asked about banning all pharmacies from selling tobacco products in Baltimore ...

Harkin: Other Pharmacies Should Follow CVS Caremark Lead on Tobacco Products
US Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) - February 6, 2014

“This bold and admirable decision will complement federal efforts to save lives and reduce health care costs through continued implementation of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, the ongoing success of public awareness campaigns like

Smoking-Cessation Expert and Psychologist Dr. Jonathan Bricker ...
Newswise (press release) - February 6, 2014

“The CVS ban on the sale of cigarettes is a big deal for a couple of reasons. ... large drug stores to also consider bans on sales of cigarettes because what's ...

Bravo, CVS, for Banning Tobacco Products (blog) - February 6, 2014

Bravo, CVS, for Banning Tobacco Products. By Tom ... There really is no such thing as a smoke free envionment unless we ban the source. Image: A man taps ...

Why CVS Pharmacy tobacco ban is not just smoke and mirrors - February 6, 2014

If you smoke, you will not longer be able to buy your favorite lipstick and a pack of ... Banning sales isn't enough to stop tobacco use, which is why CVS is also ...

CVS Drops Cigarette Sales to Focus on Health-Care Role (2)
Businessweek - February 6, 2014

By ending the sale of tobacco products in its 7,600 pharmacies, CVS Caremark Corp. ... The decision to drop cigarettes and other tobacco products is expected to .... including restrictions on sales and advertising, additional taxes and bans on ...

EDITORIAL: Ban on tobacco sales will help nation's health
News Journal - February 6, 2014

Business plan or not, the disappearance of tobacco from such an enterprise will help the fight against smoking. And we all will benefit.

CVS wins widespread praise for decision to stop selling tobacco products
Providence (RI) Journal-Bulletin - February 6, 2014

Government officials from President Obama to Providence Mayor Angel Taveras praised the Woonsocket-based company for its action. “I congratulate — and thank — the CEO of CVS Caremark, Larry Merlo, the board of directors, and all who helped make a choice

Pharmacy's pledge to stop tobacco sales "magnificent", says Richard Edelman
PR Week US - February 6, 2014

decision to stop selling tobacco products has been described by Edelman chief executive Richard Edelman as "one of the most significant ... The agency is working with the pharmacy chain as it begins the process of removing all tobacco-related products fr

Paradox of Cigarette Sales in Pharmacies Focus of New Movement / UCSF Scientist, Major Pharmacy Launch National Move to Halt Tobacco Sales in Drugstores
University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) - February 6, 2014

If retailers, particularly pharmacies, were to discontinue selling cigarettes, fewer smokers and fewer deaths by smoking would occur, according to a new opinion article co-written by a UC San Francisco scientist. That’s also the premise behind a new deci

JOHNSON/KUNEMAN: CVS insults its own customers: Opposing view
USA Today - February 6, 2014

It's more an opportunity to get free publicity than any serious public health move.... As the prohibition of alcohol showed, forcing a product underground doesn't mean people won't still use it.

BERMAN: How Big Tobacco Can Triumph Over CVS Cigarette Ban
National Journal - February 6, 2014

But if the nation's bigger drugstores start distancing themselves from tobacco products, Big Tobacco may be able to fill that market gap with e-cigs. Walgreens, the country's largest drugstore chain, already sells e-cig products, including Lorillard's ...

Could Walgreen be the big loser in CVS's cigarette ban?
Crain's Chicago Business - February 6, 2014

It's a smart strategic play that will advance the second-largest U.S. drugstore chain's long-term goal of landing a bigger role in the country's evolving health care delivery system. Deerfield-based Walgreen Co., the country's biggest pharmacy chain and

EDITORIAL: CVS's health credibility gets a Super Bowl-sized boost
Arizona Republic - February 6, 2014

Our View: Even with lost tobacco sales, chain made a shrewd decision...

AL pharmacy stopped tobacco sales 20 years before CVS
WSFA 12 (Montgomery, AL) - February 6, 2014

Mike Vinson is the co-owner of Adams Drugs locations throughout the River Region. He says his stores stopped selling cigarettes on Nov. 1, 1994. Vincent said the decision came with a high price tag for his business. "It was about a $700,000 a year...

Editorial: CVS pullout, new ads will lower tobacco’s deadly toll
Sacramento (CA) Bee - February 6, 2014

It’s worth noticing that in the ads, the teens are buying cigarettes at a convenience store. That highlights the fact that only about 4 percent of tobacco products are purchased at drugstores. While the CVS move is limited in scope, Obama praised the ...

CVS tobacco ban could smoke out other cigarette sellers
Bay Area BizTalk, San Francisco Business Times – February 6, 2014 likely to be seen as a major turning point in the history of smoking in America, which has already declined dramatically since its heydey in the mid-20th century. Groups such as TobaccofreeRX, representing health care professionals …

TRIGAUX: Ending tobacco sales: Is CVS blowing smoke or becoming a smarter business?
Tampa Bay (FL) Times - February 6, 2014

That's from the 1964 surgeon general's report that marked the start of America's battle against smoking. Near term, shareholders may regret CVS's ending sales of high-margin tobacco products. But those investors ultimately may reap the rewards of a drug...

Editorial | Merchants of life
Louisville (KY) Courier-Journal - February 6, 2014

...others should follow CVS' admirable decision ... By the time cigarettes get finished with them, people don't look anything like the Marlboro Man -- not even the Marlboro Man...

CVS follows Maine chain’s lead by dropping tobacco
Portland (ME) Press-Herald - February 6, 2014

Downeast Pharmacy stopped selling the products in 1993, a bold move then, and Bow Street Market has done the same.

CVS stores, including 41 in NH, to stop selling tobacco
Manchester (NH) Union-Leader - February 6, 2014

Dan Fortin, president and CEO of Breathe New Hampshire, believes others retailers will one day do the same. "When you look at the health consequences of tobacco use, and examine the economic impact to all of us, organizations can no longer ignore...

Hackensack (NJ) Record/Herald News - February 6, 2014

CVS has the right not to carry any merchandise it doesn't want to sell. And the fact that a pharmacy chooses not to sell a product that is unhealthy makes perfect sense.

Poll: Should more stores follow CVS' example and stop selling tobacco products? - February 6, 2014

EDITORIAL: CVS announcement sets precedent for tobacco industry
Washington Square News (NYU) - February 6, 2014

...Other companies must now quickly follow suit or be at the risk of appearing to trivialize the fatal effects of cigarette smoking. The tobacco industry, the largest killer in the United States, takes the lives of 480,000 Americans per year — the same ...

Editorial: CVS kicks the habit
Salisbury (NC) Post - February 6, 2014

It's tempting to play off a macaroon against a Marlboro, but there's no inherent contradiction in CVS' decision, nor any reason to doubt its commitment to promoting healthier lifestyles. While people will continue to smoke, CVS has chosen not to support...

Locals applaud CVS health decision
Lancaster (OH) Eagle-Gazette - February 6, 2014

In one way, it might just lead people to buy their tobacco products elsewhere, he said. "But the CVS plan may also convince other people to not sell tobacco products, which could make them harder to find," Barwick said. "If someone is on the cusp of ...

CVS to stop selling tobacco products Oct. 1
Pittsburgh (PA) Post-Gazette - February 6, 2014

Standing outside a Walgreens Wednesday, Mr. Smithburger, 23, of Homewood, looked dismayed to learn that the place where he usually feeds his Marlboro habit -- his local CVS drugstore -- won't be selling them anymore.

Greenville pharmacy beats CVS to pull cigarettes
WHNS Fox21 (Greenville, SC) - February 6, 2014

Stone Plaza Pharmacy in Greenville stopped selling tobacco products back in 2010. Its owner and pharmacist, Ken Rogers, said he didn't want to be a cause of harm for health when his job is to get people healthier.

CVS Stores Closing Doors to Tobacco Products; Local Impact on Farmers--Mikayla Lewis
WZTV Fox 17 (Nashville, TN) - February 6, 2014

Corbin has continued to farm tobacco after three generations in his family in Robertson County. Corbin says the number of tobacco farmers dropped after the tobacco buyout nearly a decade ago. He says CVS's decision should not impact his business directly.

CVS Move to Ditch Tobacco Shifts Focus to E-Cigs
TIME Magazine - February 6, 2014

“It is also significant that CVS does not sell e-cigarettes and will not sell them until the FDA provides some ‘guidance,’” Glantz wrote on his blog. “This is another responsible act, since not a single e-cigarette company has submitted an application to...

CVS move won’t slow e-cigarette sales
CBS MarketWatch - February 5, 2014

... “It used to be only a select few locations would carry e-cigarettes, and they would generally be more specialized shops,” says Haynes. “Now it would be more surprising if you didn’t find e-cigs anywhere that traditional cigarettes are sold.” ...

Smokers, Smoke-Free Groups React to CVS Dropping Tobacco Sales
WBAY – February 5, 2014

And, groups like the Community Action for Healthy Living in the Fox Valley, which promote smoke- free habits among kids, support the decision. "When youth are ...

Tobacco Free RI, health director praise CVS Caremark's decision to phase out tobacco sales
AP - Associated Press - February 5, 2014

A network of Rhode Island anti-tobacco organizations and state health officials Wednesday praised the decision of Woonsocket-based CVS Caremark to phase out tobacco sales at its more than 7,600 drugstores nationwide.

York County anti-tobacco group cheers CVS decision
Lake Wylie Pilot - February 5, 2014

“People will go elsewhere to buy cigarettes, pay more for them,” Nichols said. ... South Carolina cigarette tax recently earned an “F” grade from the America Lung ...

Tobacco Free Hall County praises CVS announcement
KHAS-TV - February 5, 2014

Wednesday morning CVS made a shocking announcement. As of October 1 the pharmacy powerhouse is pulling all tobacco products out of their 76-hundred ...

Taunton area shop owners say CVS tobacco ban means better business for local stores
Wicked Local (MA) - February 5, 2014

Local convenience store and smoke shop owners are pleased that CVS is will soon stop selling tobacco products. But they also say the drugstore giant has never posed much of a competitive threat in terms of cigarette, cigar and loose tobacco prices.

Local doctors applaud CVS decision on tobacco products
FOX 8 News WVUE - February 5, 2014

"About 6,500 Louisianans die each year from smoking-related diseases, and I think, interestingly, 1,000 non-smokers in Louisiana will die this year from ...

UCSF doc's role in CVS decision to stop selling tobacco
Bay Area BizTalk, San Francisco Business Times – February 5, 2014

...roughly 150 are listed on a company web site, including eight in Oakland, 10 in San Francisco and 20 in San Jose. Smokers in California wrack up an estimated $18.1 billion annually in economic costs, and smoking …

The American Pharmacists Association Applauds CVS Caremark's Commitment to Stop Sale of Tobacco Products
PRNewswire - February 5, 2014

WASHINGTON, Feb. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) applauds CVS Caremark's announcement that it will stop selling tobacco products in its more than 7,600 CVS/pharmacy stores. By removing tobacco products from its shelves, CVS Caremark joins a growing movement among health care providers to limit access to tobacco products.

CVS ban on cigarettes could cut smoking rates
USA TODAY – February 5, 2014

The decision by CVS to stop selling cigarettes could help to cut smoking ... says Bronson Frick, spokesman for Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights.

UPDATE 3-CVS becomes first big US drugstore chain to drop tobacco
Reuters – February 5, 2014

Experts noted that healthcare organizations and advocacy groups such as Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights have been urging pharmacies for ...

CVS to discontinue all tobacco by October 1 – February 5, 2014

Cynthia Hallett, executive director of Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, said this will make a significant difference with how many people smoke, and says ...

Duane Reade, Walgreens face heat on cigs
Crain's New York Business - February 5, 2014

CVS Caremark Corp. said Wednesday that it would stop selling tobacco products, prompting calls on its competitors to drop cigarettes, as well.

Obama praises CVS's decision to stop selling cigarettes
Washington Post (blog) - February 5, 2014

President Obama is praising the CVS retail chain's decision, announced Wednesday morning, to stop selling cigarettes at its stores.

"As one of the largest retailers and pharmacies in America, CVS Caremark sets a powerful example, and today’s decision will help advance my administration’s efforts to reduce tobacco-related deaths, cancer, and heart disease, as well as bring down health care costs – ultimately saving lives and protecting untold numbers of families from pain and heartbreak for years to come," Obama said. "I congratulate – and thank – the CEO of CVS Caremark, Larry Merlo, the board of directors, and all who helped make a choice that will have a profoundly positive impact on the health of our country."

CVS Plans to End Sales of Tobacco Products by Oct. 1
New York Times - February 5, 2014

CVS/Caremark, the country's largest drugstore chain, announced on Wednesday that it planned to stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco ...

CVS Caremark, No. 2 drugstore chain, will end all tobacco sales
Los Angeles Times - February 5, 2014,0,6663810.story#axzz2sT43LMyn

WASHINGTON CVS Caremark, the nation's second-largest drugstore chain, plans to stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products at its ...

CVS stores to stop selling tobacco February 5, 2014

Want to pick up a pack of cigarettes with your prescription refill? A major U.S. pharmacy chain is breaking that habit. CVS Caremark announced Wednesday it will stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products at its CVS/pharmacy stores by October 1.

Kicking The Habit: CVS To Stop Selling Tobacco, Sacrificing $2 Billion In Sales For Public Health
Forbes - February 5, 2014

CVS, the largest pharmacy chain in the United States, will stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products in all of its 7,600 stores by October 1, its parent company CVS Caremark CVS -1.54% announced this morning. It is the first time any retailer has ever dropped this deadly cash cow, and it is part of a major shift in direction for the drugstore giant. Weve got 26,000 pharmacists and nurse practitioners who are helping millions of patients each and every day, said Larry Merlo, the chief executive of CVS Caremark. They manage conditions like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes all conditions that are worsened by smoking. Weve come to the decision that cigarettes have no place in an environment where healthcare is being delivered.

Worcester, other Mass. cities already ban tobacco in pharmacies
Worcester Telegram - February 5, 2014

The decision by CVS Caremark to stop selling tobacco products at its drugstores nationwide won't change things at many of its outlets in Massachusetts. That's because Boston, Worcester and dozens of other communities in the Bay State already have prohibitions on the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products at pharmacies.

Can CVS Justify Its No-Tobacco Decision Beyond the Great PR?
Forbes February 5, 2014

CVS may not be the first to stop selling tobacco products, but the drugstore chains announcement is big for no other reason than the sheer size of the companys tobacco business. CVS estimates it will lose roughly $2 billion in revenues from tobacco users on an annual basis. The chain anticipates the decision will impact 2014 earnings somewhere between six and nine cents per share.

CVS calls it quits: No more tobacco products
USA TODAY - February 5, 2014

CVS sells $2 billion in tobacco and tobacco-related products a year, or 3% of overall ... CVS officials said selling cigarettes while promoting wellness doesn't make sense. ... Just this week, the American Cancer Society launched an advertising ...

Walgreens: We Still Sell Cigarettes
Huffington Post - February 5, 2014

CVS may be kicking its cigarette habit, but one of its major competitors isn't easing up on its addiction so quickly. After learning that CVS plans to stop selling all tobacco products by October, we reached out to Walgreen Co., the largest retail drug chain in the U.S., to ask if it had similar plans. Here's what a representative wrote in an e-mail: We have been evaluating this product category for some time to balance the choices our customers expect from us, with their ongoing health needs. We will continue to evaluate the choice of products our customers want, while also helping to educate them and providing smoking cessation products and alternatives that help to reduce the demand for tobacco products.

Should More Stores Stop Selling Cigarettes Like CVS? [POLL]
New Jersey 101.5 FM Radio - February 5, 2014

The war on tobacco continues with CVS firing the latest salvo. The drug store chain has decided to stop selling cigarettes and tobacco products earning high ...

Poll: Should CVS Sell Cigarettes?
Reston Now - February 5, 2014

Their pharmacists deliver flu shots and other immunizations and basic services. ... it can no longer sell cigarettes at places where it also provides health care.

CVS Tobacco Ban: Walgreens Co Trapped In PR Haze As Customers Demand Smoke-Free Drugstores
International Business Times - February 5, 2014

Almost immediately after CVS Caremark Corporation (NYSE:CVS), the nations No. 2 drugstore chain, announced that it will stop selling tobacco products, the eyes of many discerning consumers turned to No. 1. Across social media, consumers have been fervently calling on Walgreen Company (NYSE:WAG) to follow CVS unprecedented lead. On Wednesday, health-conscious social media users descended on the Walgreens Facebook page, asking the Deerfield, Ill., company to commit to a smokeless future at its 8,500-plus locations. Some avowed Walgreens customers threatened to start shopping at its smoke-free competitor if their requests for a tobacco ban are not heeded. I hope I dont have to pass by my corner Walgreens to support CVS now, wrote one Facebook user.

Paradox of Cigarette Sales in Pharmacies Focus of New Movement
UCSF News Services - February 5, 2014

Pharmacies, focused on the health and wellbeing of their customers, have long been saddled with a paradox: they sell cigarettes and other tobacco products, even though tobacco use is the nations leading cause of preventable death. In a Viewpoint article published online today in JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association, the authors say that selling tobacco products is clearly antithetical to the role of pharmacies, especially as pharmacies expand their role as an integral part of the nations health care system.

CVS's Decision To Ban Tobacco Means Next To Nothing... For Now
Business Insider - February 5, 2014

Smokers who can't buy their cigarettes from CVS will likely go elsewhere for their ... CVS is the first major U.S. pharmacy to ban tobacco, and the move may spur ...

CVS to become first major US drugstore to drop cigarettes
Reuters - February 5, 2014

CVS Caremark Corp said on Wednesday that it would stop selling tobacco products at its 7,600 stores by October, becoming the first U.S. drugstore chain to take cigarettes off the shelf. Matthew Myers, president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, which advocates for tobacco control, said that CVS's announcement could drive momentum for declining tobacco use. Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, chief executive officer of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which focuses on public health, called CVS' decision "a bold, precedent-setting move because it acknowledges that pharmacies have become healthcare settings."

VIDEO: CVS Caremark to Stop Selling Tobacco Products at all CVS/pharmacy Locations
PR Newswire - February 5, 2014

Decision underscores CVS Caremarks role in the evolving health care marketplace Company pledges to help millions of Americans quit smoking through robust national campaign ...

AUDIO: CVS Kicking the Habit: Pharmacy Chain to Stop Selling Tobacco Products
The Takeaway (NPR) - February 5, 2014

GUESTS: Michael Eriksen ... says today's announcement by CVS is "a game changer."

CVS to Stop Selling Cigarettes
Pharmacy Chain Says Tobacco Products Don't Fit With Push as Health-Care Provider
The Wall Street Journal Interactive Edition February 5, 2014

CVS, the nation's second-largest pharmacy chain, said Wednesday that it would stop selling all cigarettes and tobacco products nationwide by October, saying they have no place in a drugstore company that is trying to become more of a health-care provider. The move is a bold and expensive one for CVS, a unit of Woonsocket, R.I.-based CVS Caremark Corp. CVS -0.70% It reflects a major push by retail pharmacies away from simply dispensing drugs toward a more integrated role of providing basic health services ...

Adams divided on proposed restrictions on tobacco sales
Berkshire Eagle - January 30, 2014

ADAMS -- Proposed restrictions on tobacco and e-cigarettes ignited a spirited debate at a public hearing Wednesday night, but the Board of Health opted to continue to consider the measure rather than taking a final vote on the law.

Public hearing on pharmacy tobacco sales ban slated in Adams
North Adams Transcript - January 9, 2014

ADAMS -- The Board of Health agreed Wednesday night on a final draft of new tobacco product regulations that would ban the sale of tobacco in pharmacies.

Adams Board of Health close to approval of tobacco regulations
North Adams Transcript - October 10, 2013

ADAMS -- The Board of Health moved closer Wednesday to finalizing draft regulations that would ban the sale of tobacco in pharmacies and restrict the sale of tobacco-related products to minors. The board is still seeking clarification on one clause in the proposal, but has otherwise agreed on the new regulation. It hopes to receive legal advice by its next meeting on Nov. 6 and approve the proposal. The board will subsequently schedule a public hearing for community input.

Sudbury Board of Health passes new tobacco regulations
MetroWest Daily News - October 10, 2013

SUDBURY The Board of Health Tuesday night passed new tobacco regulations for the town that will prohibit the sale of tobacco products at local pharmacies. The new guidelines, which the board developed with the help of the Massachusetts Health Officers Association's Tobacco Control Program, will go into effect at the start of next year. They still must be officially signed by board members at their next meeting in November.

Pharmacies in Adams could lose right to sell smokes
North Adams Transcript - October 4, 2013

Pharmacies in Adams could lose right to sell smokes. By Adam Shanks, North ... The association is also against the sale of e-cigarettes to minors. "[The] current ...

Putnam Legislators Nix Tobacco Ban
Hudson Valley Reporter - October 2, 2013

MAHOPAC, NY- Legislators voted 7-2 Wednesday night to snuff out a controversial ban on tobacco sales in county pharmacies. Legislators Sam Oliverio Jr. and Barbara Scuccimarra were the sole supporters of the ban, which would have prohibited the sale of tobacco products in any pharmacy or store which contains one. Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Alan Beals drafted the legislation, arguing that places of wellness and healing should not sell products which kill so many of their users. Pharmacies traditionally have been trusted points of care and wellness, Beals said when the ... When used as directed, cigarettes kill half of their users. ... to ban the sale of those products from any retail establishment that has a pharmacy. ...

Putnam Votes On Pharmacy Tobacco Ban This Week
Hudson Valley Reporter - September 29, 2013

He said similar bans are becoming more and more common, and it would be an ... "When used as directed, cigarettes kill half of their users. It seems to me it's important to ban the sale of those products from any retail ... Sixty-two percent of the residents we polled are in favor of banning the sale of tobacco in pharmacies." ...

Putnam Moves Closer To Banning Tobacco In Pharmacies
Hudson Valley Reporter - September 11, 2013

Several legislators argued that banning cigarette sales in pharmacies and ... are separate issues, and the ban may not have the impact legislators hoped it ... “When we banned smoking in the workplace in the 1990s, we were one of ... 62% of the residents we polled are in favor of banning the sale of tobacco in pharmacies.

Adams Health Officials Closer To New Smoking Rules - September 4, 2013

ADAMS, Mass. The Board of Health is inching closer to establishing tougher smoking regulations. The board took up smoking regulations last year to combat what it sees as an expanding tobacco market particularly with the growth of popularity with electronic cigarettes, small cigarillos and flavored products. On Wednesday, the members again reviewed the work they began with a draft crafted by D.J. Wilson, the tobacco control director for the Massachusetts Municipal Association. With just three questions outstanding, the board hopes to hold a public hearing in the coming months before presenting them for adoption. The biggest question is banning the sale of tobacco products from health organizations and pharmacies. Member Allen Mendel said he was concerned about implementing a ban because Big Y has a pharmacy and could lose its ability to sell them. However, board members did agree that they want to implement bans on smoking in town-owned parks, beaches and playgrounds but stopped short of banning smoking from all municipal properties. Instead, they are looking to implement a 15-foot buffer zone from any municipal building. The board considered banning smoking from all municipal property but that could include sidewalks, which Mendel said "was going too far." "Nobody should have to walk through a cloud of smoke to get to the front door of a property," Chairwoman Patricia Clairmont said, later agreeing that 15-feet should be sufficient for somebody to walk around a smoker to access the building. The board also opted against banning smoking in private clubs, citing that there is only one private club that allows smoking now and it is not a problem.

Get tobacco out of our pharmacies
The Journal News | - September 2, 2013

Re Pharmacy tobacco ban studied; Putnam legislators look to decrease smoking rates, July 21 article: Recent comments comparing me to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg as a busy body and a nanny are ridiculous. I am a doctor. For more than 30 years I have guided and advised my patients to live healthier, more productive lives. Today my responsibility extends to all the residents of Putnam County.

Amherst board of health restricts tobacco sales
WSHM-TV - August 1, 2013

It will soon be more difficult to buy cigarettes in town, as the board of health passed new rules on Wednesday as to what businesses can sell tobacco.

Putnam Considers Banning Cigarette Sales at Pharmacies ($$)
The Putnam County Courier (subscription) - July 25, 2013

Putnam Considers Banning Cigarette Sales at Pharmacies. ERIC GROSS. Cigarette smokers may soon find themselves without having the opportunity to ...

Albany Co. lawmaker pushing to ban sale of cigarettes in pharmacies
WXXA - July 25, 2013

ALBANY, N.Y. Ten years have passed since the passage of the smoking ban inside of bars and restaurants in the state of New York, and now an Albany County lawmaker is also pushing a new proposal to ban the sale of cigarettes in pharmacies within the county.

GUEST OPINION: A pharmacy is no place for cigarettes
Cdparentpages - July 5, 2013

A CVS pharmacy in Lenox, Mass., displays high-priced items, such as electronics, behind the ... voiced their support for ending the sale of tobacco in pharmacies. ... where 56 communities have already prohibited tobacco sales in pharmacies. ... candy and toys that are often placed near cigarette and spit tobacco displays.

Amherst Board of Health looking to ban cigarette sales in pharmacies - June 11, 2013

The Amherst Board of Health is considering banning the sale of cigarettes at ... Overall, 63 communities have banned these sales, said D.J. Wilson, tobacco ...

Local pharmacies recognized for putting health first
Evening Observer-May 29, 2013

Representatives from the local Bureau of Tobacco Control programs will be visiting pharmacies in Chautau-qua and Cattaraugus coun-ties that do not sell ...

Pharmacy Sales of Tobacco
New York Times - May 7, 2013

I suggest banning all tobacco sales in pharmacies. Pharmacies that supposedly desire to promote the health of our citizens sell cigarettes, and the cigarette ...

Main Head
The Spectator May 1, 2013

SOMERSET Marilyn Edge, the town's tobacco control coordinator, asked the Board of Health last Wednesday to consider changes in Somerset's tobacco regulations, including not allowing pharmacies to sell tobacco products. Of the 13 communities where Ms. Edge is the tobacco control coordinator, she said seven have banned the sale of tobacco at pharmacies. She said in one town where there was not a regulation banning tobacco from pharmacies, citizens got a petition going and a pharmacy in that town decided to not sell tobacco anymore because of that concern from the community.

Education puts out tobacco
Gloversville Leader-Herald - April 19, 2013

Project ACTION Tobacco-Free Coalition in Hamilton, Fulton, Montgomery counties educates community leaders and the community about store tobacco-products displays, tobacco marketing in stores, and pharmacies and grocery stores about ending the sale of tobacco. Education on tobacco products in pharmacies and stores reduces the number and location of stores that sell tobacco. Reducing the number of stores that sell ...

Sudbury Board of Health to look at updating tobacco regulations
MetroWest Daily News - April 16, 2013

SUDBURY The Board of Health will be looking into updating its outdated tobacco regulations, after a resident brought the idea to its attention. Teresa Curran said she originally contacted the board to see if it would be willing to join the dozens of other communities in the state that have banned the sale of tobacco at pharmacies. After a discussion of the proposal at the board's meeting last Tuesday, however, members agreed to look more broadly at the town's entire set of tobacco regulations, which have not been updated since 1998, said Health Director Robert Leupold.

Should Falmouth Ban Tobacco Sales in Pharmacies? 3, 2013

... ban tobacco sales at area pharmacies, according to the Falmouth Enterprise. The ban would include cigarettes, cigars, loose tobacco and even e-cigarettes ...

Falmouth Board of Health Considers Ban on Tobacco Sales in Pharmacies - April 2, 2013

Later this month, the public will get an opportunity to weigh in on a Falmouth Board of Health proposal to ban tobacco sales in pharmacies. “You have something ...

Tobacco products seem odd in pharmacy
Gloversville Leader Herald – April 1, 2013

… The next time you are in a pharmacy, look behind the counter and ask yourself - why is a pharmacy selling cigarettes? Or any tobacco product? People go to pharmacies to improve their health. And yet pharmacies are selling the only consumer product that, if used as intended, will kill at least one-half of its long-term users. Of the large, chain drug stores in New York state, 99 percent are licensed to sell tobacco. …

Bellingham may ban sale of cigarettes, tobacco products at local ...
Milford Daily News - February 21, 2013

BELLINGHAM ­ The Board of Health is considering several new amendments to its tobacco bylaw, most notably prohibiting pharmacies from selling tobacco products and banning cigarette smoking at town-owned parks and fields. …

'Prescription for Change' takes on sale of tobacco products in ...
Evening Sun (subscription) - February 12, 2013

NORWICH – In the ongoing battle to ward off the use of tobacco products, Smoke Free New York State is undertaking a new campaign to restrict the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies that sell them, including those in Chenango County. …

Tobacco snuffed out at drug stores
Barnstable Patriot-January 16, 2013

The Barnstable Board of Health voted unanimously at its Tuesday meeting to ban the sale of tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes at all pharmacies ...

Board of Health Approves Ban on Tobacco Sales at Pharmacies 16, 2013

The ban includes the sale of cigarettes, chewing tobacco and cigars. Electronic cigarettes were not included in the ban but could be added later. ...

Butt out of Barnstable drugstores?
Capecodonline - January 14, 2013

Tobacco users may soon have to bypass local pharmacies in their search for a fix. The Barnstable Board of Health is expected to approve a ban on the sale of tobacco products during its regular meeting Tuesday, making it the fourth town on Cape Cod to do so. …

Drug store tobacco sale ban proposed in Barnstable
Wicked Local - January 10, 2013

The Barnstable board of health is considering a ban on the sale of tobacco products at pharmacies and will hold a public hearing and likely vote on the issue during its Jan. 15 meeting. …

SPITZ: Ashland snuffs out drugstores' cigarette sales
MetroWest (MA) Daily News - January 9, 2013

…As of Jan. 1, Ashland pulled the plug on pharmacies selling smokes. Actually, it's more than just cigarettes. As in Southborough, Walpole and other communities that have gone this route, the new rules restrict "the sale of tobacco products and nicotine delivery products at educational and health care institutions,'' with drugstores being health care institutions, schools not likely to be selling cigarettes in any official capacity, and an exception made for FDA-approved nicotine delivery products designed to help you kick the habit. …

Dartmouth ban on tobacco sales takes effect - January 2, 2013

In the spirit of, "You want something right, do it yourself," a growing number of local communities have given up waiting for the Legislature or Congress to do something about smoking. Yesterday, New Year's Day, a ban on tobacco sales at pharmacies and other health-related shops took effect in Dartmouth. New Bedford and Fall River have had such a ban since last January, and Westport signed up in October. …

Melrose considers banning tobacco sales at pharmacies - December 14, 2012

Officials in the city of Melrose will considering banning the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products in pharmacies, according to city records. The Board of ...

Ban on pharmacy tobacco sales likely by Barnstable Board of Health
Cape Cod Times (subscription) - December 14, 2012

After more than a year of discussion, the Barnstable Board of Health expects to approve a ban on tobacco sales at all retail locations that contain pharmacies at ...

Ban on pharmacy tobacco sales likely
Barnstable Patriot - December 12, 2012

After more than a year of discussion, the Barnstable Board of Health expect to approve a ban on tobacco sales at all retail locations that contain pharmacies at its Jan. 15 meeting. …

Buffalo-area pharmacists say no to tobacco sales in pharmacies
Medical Xpress - October 30, 2012

More than 75 percent of Western New York pharmacists say tobacco sales in pharmacies should be legally banned, according to research conducted by Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) and the University at Buffalo (UB), published in BMC Research Notes. The study found that more than 86% of pharmacists surveyed would prefer to work in a pharmacy that does not sell tobacco products. …

Westport Board of Health passes new tobacco regulation
New Bedford (MA) Standard-Times - October 17, 2012

On August 27, the Westport Board of Health passed a regulation entitled, "The Sale and Use of Tobacco Products and Nicotine Delivery Products". … There were several issues addressed in the regulation. It banned the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies now defined as Health Care Institutions under the regulation. … Another part of the regulation addressed the sale of Nicotine Delivery Products such as electronic cigarettes known as e-cigarettes. Prior to the implementation of this regulation people under the age of 18 could legally purchase these products in Westport. …

SouthCoast cities and towns join growing roster to ban tobacco ... - October 15, 2012

Westport has joined a tide of communities snuffing-out pharmacy tobacco sales in SouthCoast and beyond. … Pharmacy tobacco sales send the wrong message, according to Coykendall, who said smokers can still buy cigarettes at convenience stores and gas stations. …

Tobacco sales banned in Fairhaven pharmacies beginning Nov. 1 - October 5, 2012

An ordinance passed by the Board of Health last month will stop stores with pharmacies in them from selling cigarettes and other tobacco products beginning Nov. 1. …

South Windsor Town Council Majority Against Banning Tobacco Sales in Pharmacies
South Windsor (CT) - September 18, 2012

… “A pharmacy is a place you should go to get better, not get cancer,” Anwar said during his presentation. “It is physically wrong to sell cigarettes in the same place. But the Republican majority on the Town Council and members of the public who weighed in on the discussion said that the council either should not: 1. infringe on one’s personal responsibility from refraining from or choosing to use tobacco; 2. single out CVS from engaging in legally sanction commercial trade; or 3. overreach in its responsibilities as a local governing body. …

South Windsor Council Hears Proposal To Ban Tobacco Sales At ...
Hartford Courant - September 17, 2012

A proposal to ban the sale of tobacco products at pharmacies in town produced a lively exchange by town council members Monday night. …

South Windsor Town Council to Discuss Prohibiting Pharmacies From Selling Cigarettes - September 17, 2012

The Town Council will debate, among other things, the issues of corporate responsibility and personal choice tonight at its regular meeting tonight when it discusses the possibility of passing an ordinance banning of the sale of tobacco products at CVS Pharmacy. …

Council to discuss ban on cigarette sales in local pharmacies
Journal Inquirer (CT) - September 12, 2012

Council to discuss ban on cigarette sales in local pharmacies ... discussions Monday on banning the sale of tobacco products — particularly cigarettes — from ...

Tobacco sales banned in Watertown health care institutions
Wicked Local - August 24, 2012

Watertown pharmacies will soon be banned from selling tobacco products. The Watertown Board of Health voted unanimously on August 15 to restrict the sale of tobacco products at all health care institutions, including supermarkets that operate pharmacies. …

Smoker and Non-Smokers Respond to New Cigarette Sale Ban at ... (PA) - August 15, 2012

Smokers have four fewer places to buy cigarettes in Reading: CVS, two Rite Aid stores and Walgreens. The Board of Health banned the sale of tobacco products ...

TELL US: Was Ban on Tobacco at Pharmacies the Right Decision?
Salem (MA) - July 26, 2012

On Tuesday, the Board of Health voted to ban tobacco sales (that includes cigarettes) at pharmacies beginning Sept. 1, according to the Salem News. The outlet ...

Massachusetts town bans tobacco sales at pharmacies
Bluefield Daily Telegraph - July 25, 2012

SALEM, Mass. - This tourist-dependent Massachusetts town has banned the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products in drug stores. …

Tobacco sales nixed at pharmacies
The Salem News (MA)- July 25, 2012

More than a decade ago, Salem was the first on the North Shore to ban smoking in ... to prohibit the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products in pharmacies, ... the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies or are in the process of imposing bans. ... Dogs banned at Salem's outdoor dining spots ...

Town mulls ban on pharmacy tobacco sales
Journal Inquirer (CT) July 18, 2012

Town mulls ban on pharmacy tobacco sales ... ways to ban tobacco products, particularly cigarettes, from being sold in local pharmacies. ...

Councilor Seeks to Ban Cigarette Sales in South Windsor Pharmacies (CT) - July 18, 2012

"My hope is to restrict pharmacies from selling tobacco-based products because they ... to excess, can lead to health problems, and tobacco-related products like cigarettes. ... 25 communities have banned the sale of tobacco products from pharmacies and ... Related Topics: South Windsor Government and cigarette bans ...

POLL: Middleboro bans tobacco sales in pharmacies
Milford (MA) Daily News - Jun 30, 2012

The town's latest attempt to stop bad behavior means three local businesses will be barred from selling cigarettes or any other tobacco product as of Sunday, following a vote by selectmen. …

Middleboro bans tobacco sales in pharmacies
Enterprise News – June 30, 2012

Three businesses in town will be barred from selling cigarettes and other tobacco products as of Sunday. …

Tobacco sales banned in Pittsfield stores with pharmacies
Berkshire Eagle - June 8, 2012

Add Pittsfield to the growing list of Massachusetts communities that have banned tobacco sales at stores with pharmacies. …

Cohasset stores with pharmacies can still sell cigarettes
The Patriot Ledger - May 22, 2012

Cohasset's three stores with pharmacies – CVS, Walgreens and Stop & Shop – can continue selling cigarettes and other tobacco products, voters decided ... By rejecting the board of health’s proposal, residents also voted down a ban on the use of electronic cigarettes in public places where traditional cigarettes are prohibited, including business offices and restaurants. …

Cohasset voters to decide on e-cigarette ban
The Patriot Ledger - May 21, 2012

Voters will define the legal use of e-cigarettes when town meeting reconvenes at 7 p.m. Monday in the middle/high school gymnasium. … Health officials are also asking residents to ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors and to prohibit stores with pharmacies from selling tobacco products. …

Board of Health snuffs smokes sale ban
Wicked Local - May 11, 2012

After taking public feedback and their own official capacity into account, the North Andover Board of Health has backed away from banning cigarette sales at pharmacies throughout town. …

Banning pharmacy tobacco sales still on board's mind
Barnstable Patriot - May 11, 2012

Barnstable's board of health still has a ban on tobacco sales at pharmacies on its radar, but there's nothing immediately before the three-member board. …

Cohasset may limit sales of most tobacco products - May 10, 2012

He said that when faced with a choice between getting rid of a pharmacy or tobacco sales, all the stores have chosen to get rid of cigarettes and the like. … The board also has proposed adding electronic cigarettes to the list of tobacco products already banned from use in public places in town. …

Saugus health panel hears about proposed tobacco ban
Lynn (MA) Daily Item - May 10, 2012

Saugus resident Bill Kramich said the Board of Health's proposed tobacco regulation that would ban the sale of tobacco in pharmacies along with the sale of blunt wraps and small cigars less than $2.50 would hurt the town economy. …

Middleboro considers tobacco sales ban for pharmacies
Enterprise (MA) News - May 2, 2012

Selectmen on Monday reviewed proposed changes in the town’s tobacco regulations that would ban the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies and increase fines for tobacco violations. ...

Tri-Town Health Board Bans Tobacco Sales In Pharmacies - May 1, 2012

LEE, Mass. ­ Tri-Town Health Department Director James J. Wilusz announced at a public hearing Monday that the Tri-Town Board of Health, which represents Lee, Lenox and Stockbridge, amended its local tobacco regulations. In regards to the local regulation, "Restricting the Sale of Tobacco Products and Nicotine Delivery Products," pharmacies will not be allowed to sell tobacco products starting on July 1. …

Banning pharmacy tobacco sales still on board's mind
Barnstable Patriot - April 27, 2012

Barnstable's board of health still has a ban on tobacco sales at pharmacies on its radar, but there's nothing immediately before the three-member board. …

Board of Health to ask drugstores to stop selling cigarettes
Lawrence (MA) Eagle-Tribune, 2012-04-27

NORTH ANDOVER ­ The Board of Health has opted for friendly persuasion rather than coercion on the question of banning the sale of cigarettes in pharmacies. The board voted unanimously last night to send a letter to the pharmacies that operate in North Andover asking them to consider discontinuing the sale of tobacco products. …

City eyes tougher public smoking rules
Lawrence (MA) Eagle Tribune - Apr 21, 2012

Those scenarios would end if the city's Health Board adopts new public rules proposed for Haverhill. The board is considering regulations aimed at protecting the public from second-hand cigarette smoke by limiting where people can light up. … Under Haverhill's proposed regulations, pharmacies would no longer be able to sell tobacco products. This would impact eight businesses in the city: Two Rite Aids, two Walgreens and four CVS stores. "Pharmacies are health stores," Carbone said. Smoking would also be banned near the entrances to public buildings, including bars, taverns, and sit-down and fast-foot restaurants. Smoking would be prohibited near the entryway, open window, staffed drive-up or drive-through window, and the smoke-free area must be large enough so that second-hand smoke does not enter the building or an outdoor deck, or affect the air quality for patrons or employees, Carbone said. The board also wants to make it harder for young people to buy tobacco products. Stores would not be allowed to sell single cigars priced at less than $2.50 each, could not sell electronic cigarettes to minors, …

Board eyes ban on tobacco sales at pharmacies
Health panel may consider regulation at next meeting
Lawrence (MA) Eagle-Tribune, 2012-03-30
Paul Tennant

NORTH ANDOVER ­ Right now, you can go to a pharmacy and buy life-saving medicines, such as Lipitor or similar drugs that lower cholesterol. …

Byrnes: Tobacco products do not belong in Milford's pharmacies
MetroWest Daily News - March 30, 2012

Re: Milford Board of Health’s apparent decision to look into the economic effects of banning the sales of all tobacco products at Milford Pharmacies. ... into the economic effects of banning the sales of all tobacco products at Milford Pharmacies. ... And they are called cigarettes (or cancer sticks). …

Butts out or 'butt' out
Community Advocate - March 30, 2012

Region – About 20 years ago, Bouvier Pharmacy in Marlborough made the decision to ban the sale of tobacco products. Although it likely cut into their ...

Bourne health board balks at ban on drug-store tobacco sales
Wicked Local (MA), March 30, 2012

The Bourne Board of Health this week frowned on a county recommendation that the sale of tobacco products be banned in health-care facilities, notably pharmacies. …

Milford wants to hear from pharmacies on tobacco proposal
Wicked Local - March 27, 2012

The Board of Health last night asked Health Officer Paul Mazzuchelli to seek feedback from stores hurt by a possible ban on the sale of tobacco products at pharmacies. …

Nichols makes courageous stand
Albany Times Union - March 26, 2012

That you publicly state Albany County Legislator Tim Nichols is self-indulgent in his proposed ban of tobacco products in pharmacies is terrible. …

Springfield Public Health Council bans sales of tobacco products at drug stores, supermarkets with pharmacies - March 22, 2012

…The new regulation defines drug stores and stores with pharmacies as “health care institutions,” and refers to the sale of tobacco in those stores as ...

Panel urges pharmacy tobacco sales ban - March 22, 2012

Boston, Fall River, and Worcester are among the cities that no longer permit the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products at pharmacies, declaring that ...

Proposal Restricting the Sale of Tobacco Products in Springfield ...
abc40 - February 15, 2012

(WGGB) ­ A proposal by the Springfield Public Health Council calls for banning the sale of tobacco at health care institutions. Drug stores and pharmacies ...

Middleboro youth group asks board to restrict cigarette sales
Wicked Local - February 16, 2012

According to the MYA the sale of tobacco accounts for less than one percent of sales in pharmacies. Selectmen are joining forces with the Middleboro Youth ...

MYA seeks ban on drug stores selling tobacco
Middleboro Gazette - February 16, 2012

By JANE LOPES MIDDLEBORO ­ Pharmacies would be prohibited from selling cigarettes and other tobacco products if the selectmen approve a health regulation ...

Cigarette ban raises other questions about what's good for us
Middleboro Gazette - February 16, 2012

The selectmen have scheduled a public hearing for March 12 on amendments to the town's tobacco control bylaws that also include a proposed ban on the sale ...

Middleboro youth group asks board to restrict cigarette sales
Enterprise (MA) News - February 14, 2012

Selectmen are joining forces with the Middleboro Youth Advocates, which is seeking a grant to study the increase of drug use in the town and to amend Board of Health regulations that would ban the sale of cigarettes in pharmacies. ...

Tobacco ban in Pittsfield may broaden
Berkshire (MA) Eagle - February 6, 2012

City health officials are considering a ban on tobacco sales at stores with pharmacies, one of several proposals aimed at keeping youths from buying cigarettes and other tobacco-related products. … The Board of Health is reviewing the potential revisions to its tobacco control ... Wilusz said Pittsfield currently can’t prevent someone under the age of 18 from buying so-called "e-cigarettes," which deliver the nicotine fix without the tobacco. …

New smoking rules prohibit tobacco sales at Winchester pharmacies
Wicked Local - January 30, 2012

Fines and penalties for the sale of tobacco products to minors have also been ... the town's other pharmacy, Winchester Drug, does not sell cigarettes.

Brookline to pack fewer cigarettes, sources say
Daily Free Press (subscription) - January 30, 2012

Smokers near Brookline can expect to cut down on cigarettes as the town prepares to officially remove tobacco products from drug stores and healthcare ...

Board still sniffing for Rx tobacco ban
Language to be drafted, brought back
Barnstable (MA) Patriot, 2012-01-20
Written by John Watters

Despite some misgivings by health department staff, the board of health voted unanimously to proceed with drafting regulations limiting tobacco sales at pharmacies. …

Springfield Public Health Council considers tobacco ban in stores with pharmacies
Springfield (MA) Union-News and Sunday Republican, 2012-01-21
Peter Goonan, The Republican

SPRINGFIELD - The city's Public Health Council is considering a regulation that would ban the sale of tobacco products in stores that have pharmacies, patterned after a similar law in Boston.

Wareham to hold a public hearing about tobacco sales
Wicked Local (MA), 2011-11-28

The Board of Health will hold a public hearing on November 30, 2011, at 6 p.m. about tobacco sales in Wareham. The meeting will be held at the Wareham Town Hall, 54 Marion Road, Bottom Floor Cafeteria to hear testimony about amendments to the town's current regulation regarding tobacco sales. The proposed changes include regulating electronic cigarettes and Nicotine Delivery Devices like tobacco; banning the sale of tobacco in health care institutions, including pharmacies; ...

Health board bans cigarette sales in Lowell pharmacies
Lowell (MA) Sun, 2011-11-11
Sarah Favot

In a recent Board of Health decision, Lowell became one of a handful of cities and towns in the state to adopt regulations that ban the sale of tobacco products in health-care institutions, like pharmacies, where a state licensed pharmacist is on staff. ...

Mass. health regulators consider ban on tobacco sales in pharmacies
The Boston Globe - Kay Lazar - November 9, 2011

Massachusetts health regulators said today that they will consider banning the sale of tobacco products at pharmacies across the state. ...

Southborough tobacco ban concerns retail association
MetroWest Daily News - Brad Petrishen - October 21, 2011

Kearny said the association doesn't think the regulation is fair because it doesn't ban tobacco sales town-wide, only at pharmacies. ...

Brookline selectmen support tobacco pharmacy ban
Wicked Local - Teddy Applebaum - October 19, 2011

... a resolution that would ban tobacco sales at schools and pharmacies. ... the selectmen raised concerns that voting for the tobacco resolution could open ...

Richard Feldman: Killer tobacco doesn't fit with pharmacies' mission
Indianapolis Star - Richard Feldman - October 18, 2011

Multiple pharmacist professional organizations oppose tobacco sales in pharmacies. Research also shows that between 82 and 98 percent of pharmacists oppose ...

Brookline's proposed tobacco ban in drug stores raises questions
Wicked Local (MA), 2011-09-28

The town's Advisory Council on Public Health has endorsed a ban on selling tobacco products at pharmacies and educational institutions, but one selectman is questioning the wisdom of forcing people bent on buying a pack of smokes to shop at a liquor store or gas station instead. ...

Neumeyer: Get cigarettes out of pharmacies
Milford Daily News - August 17, 2011

To that end, I support the Legislature's efforts to ensure that all health care facilities, including pharmacies, are tobacco free.

Committee OKs bill banning tobacco product sales at pharmacies
Boston Herald - Colleen Quinn - August 1, 2011

The proposed law would restrict the sale of tobacco products at all locations where health professionals are employed, including large chain pharmacies or ...

Judge dismisses Safeway suit against San Francisco ban on tobacco in stores with pharmacies
Washington Post, 2011-07-15
Associated Press

A federal judge on Friday found that the city of San Francisco has a right to ban tobacco sales in stores with pharmacies even if the pharmacy is not the store's main business. ...

Westwood Pharmacies to Stop Tobacco Sales - Matt Perkins - June 16, 2011

But after research over time revealed the health issues related to first-, second- and third-hand smoke, more and more health agencies have stopped selling tobacco products. "Pharmacies were the last places where you could still purchase tobacco ...

Keeping tobacco out of drugstores
Albany Times Union - Carol Demare - May 24, 2011

Marra's Pharmacy in Cohoes, one of a few privately owned drug stores in the county, stopped selling tobacco products 20 years ago, becoming the first pharmacy in the county to go tobacco-free, said Cohoes Mayor John McDonald III, owner of the pharmacy ...

POLITO/GERACE: 100 Reasons Why CVS Should Stop Selling Cigarettes, 2011-05-20
This list was composed by Terence A. Gerace, PhD and John R. Polito, JD

Today, May 20, 2011, marks the one year anniversary of CVS drug store protests by the CVS Sells Poison Project. It's time to turn up the heat. Following this 100 reasons list you'll find an invitation to protest in front of your neighborhood CVS store. Together, we can and will motivate CVS to stop selling cigarettes. We hope you'll consider participation in what may someday be seen as one of America's greatest grassroots public health victories ever. ...

Westford tobacco sales ban pinches neighboring towns
Lowell (MA) Sun, 2011-05-16
Ed Hannan

As Westford tobacco users prepare for July 1, the day they can no longer purchase tobacco products in pharmacies, health departments in surrounding communities are deciding how to proceed. ...

Silver City Teen Center goes in front of Taunton School Committee to seek tobacco products ban in stores with pharmacies
Taunton Daily Gazette - Gerry Tuoti - May 9, 2011

Members of the Silver City Teen Center attended a recent School Committee meeting to seek support for their efforts to ban local stores with pharmacies from carrying tobacco products, but the committee has yet to make a decision on the ...

Drug store tobacco bans gain traction
Boston (MA) Globe, 2011-04-24
Jennette Barnes Globe Correspondent

The pace of Massachusetts cities and towns banning tobacco sales at pharmacies appears to be accelerating: Of nine such bans that have taken effect since early 2009, four began this year, and more are under consideration. ...

Sharon Health Board Narrowly Defeats Pharmacy Tobacco Ban - Michael Gelbwasser - April 20, 2011

A one-vote margin has defeated a proposed ban on tobacco sales by Sharon pharmacies and other health care institutions. The board of health recently voted 3-2 against implementing the ban in Sharon, ...

CMA Supports San Francisco Tobacco Ordinance - Louis Dettorre - April 18, 2011

San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera motioned on Friday to dismiss a lawsuit by Safeway challenging an ordinance banning tobacco sales in stores that have a pharmacy. The California Medical Association, representing nearly 35000 physicians, ...

Safeway Challenges SF Tobacco Ban
San Francisco (CA) Bay Citizen, 2011-04-15
Annette Fuentes*April 15, 2011 4:11 p.m. *In Health

The legal skirmish over tobacco sales in San Francisco stores moved into another round as City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed a motion in federal district court on Friday to dismiss a lawsuit by supermarket chain Safeway, which seeks to overturn the city's ban on selling tobacco products in stores that also have pharmacies. ...

Worcester close to new tobacco laws
NECN - April 13, 2011

Worcester is close to becoming the ninth city in the state to ban the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products in pharmacies and drug stores. After weeks of debate, Tuesday city council members voted to give initial approval on some controversial ...

Worcester City Council postpones vote on tobacco ordinance
Worcester Telegram - April 7, 2011

In addition to banning the sale of cigarettes at pharmacies and colleges, the amendments would regulate advertisements of tobacco products within the city by prohibiting them in areas where they could be viewed from public streets, parks, ...

KOTSOPOULOS: Will Council target tobacco?
Who should sell it remains issue
Worcester (MA) Telegram & Gazette, 2011-04-03
Nick Kotsopoulos / Politics and the City

Given the flak it has received in some quarters, it will be interesting to see if the City Council proceeds with efforts to have Worcester join a handful of communities across the state in banning the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products by local health care providers, including chain pharmacies and other drugstores, and colleges. . . . ...

Worcester council postpones vote on restricting tobacco sales
Worcester (MA) Telegram & Gazette, 2011-03-30

A city councilor has temporarily put the brakes on a proposal to ban the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products by local health care providers, including chain pharmacies and other drugstores, and local colleges. ...

Canada Views - March 31, 2011

The ban on tobacco sales in pharmacies is one of the provisions of The Tobacco Control Act, 2010. Other provisions included in this legislation ban smoking in vehicles with children under the age of 16, around doorways, windows, and air intakes of ...

LETTER: Banning tobacco products just the tip of the iceberg
Fall River (MA) Herald News, 2011-03-31
Lakeya Almeida Fall River

I understand that cigarettes and other tobacco products are very unhealthy and dangerous, but taking them off the shelf in just pharmacies isn't going to really make a difference in the percentages of people using these products every day. Some people may not even buy their cigarettes at a store with a pharmacy in it so they will continue to buy them from wherever they normally get them. ...

Partial ban on smokes outlined
O'Brien's plan going to council
Worcester (MA) Telegram & Gazette, 2011-03-27

WORCESTER -- A move is in the works to have the city join a handful of communities statewide in banning the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products by local health care providers, including chain pharmacies and other drugstores, and institutions of higher education. ...

Tobacco must come off pharmacy shelves in 30 days, City Council decides
Fall River (MA) Herald News, 2011-03-23
Michael Holtzman Herald News Staff Reporter

The ban on selling tobacco products in stores with pharmacies will become city ordinance in 30 days after the City Council's second 5-4 vote to approve the ban Tuesday night. ...

Sharon Health Board Might Ban Tobacco Sales At Pharmacies - Michael Gelbwasser - Mar 15, 2011

Member Stanley Rosen said he's a pharmacist, and he's aware of “many independent pharmacies that have taken this approach and chose not to sell cigarettes.” Health Administrator Linda Rosen said the board licenses cigarette sales, and six Sharon stores ...

Safeway says San Francisco tobacco ban should be tossed
Westlaw (Thompson West), 2011-03-17

National grocery store chain Safeway Inc. has filed a federal lawsuit claiming that San Francisco's ban on the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies and stores that contain pharmacies is unconstitutional. ...

Oxford joins anti-tobacco ranks
Worcester Telegram - Ellie Oleson - March 11, 2011

OXFORD — A group of Oxford High School students took on “Big Tobacco” and won.

The Board of Health has voted to make Oxford the fifth community in Massachusetts to ban the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies, drugstores and other “health care institutions.”

The ban went into effect this month and affects CVS, Walmart and Rite Aid stores in town. Boston, Needham, Newton and Everett have similar bans on tobacco sales. ...

MELLON: FROM THE CHAMBER: Government intrusion with Fall River tobacco sale ban chills trade and commerce
Wicked Local (MA), 2011-03-10
Robert A. Mellion Esq. is the president and CEO of the Fall River Area Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Enactment of the proposed amendment to Chapter 34 of the Revised Ordinances to the City of Fall River (1999) would ban the sale of tobacco products at retail establishments that also operate or maintain a health care institution within it, such as a pharmacy or drugstore.

As presented, the amendment is a deliberate intervention by local government officials to institute a restraint against lawful trade and commerce in Fall River. Government action that obstructs lawful trade cannot be disregarded as trivial. Nor can it be supported in principal by an organization that represents the interests of local businesses.

The asserted purpose of the ordinance change is “to facilitate compliance” with the federal Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (FSPTCA). In reviewing the FSPTCA, it is challenging to understand how the sale of a tobacco product in the front end of a grocery store, which incorporates very limited space for a pharmacy in the back end, conveys a “tacit approval of the purchase and use of tobacco products.”

It is even harder to fathom how that approval can be distinguished from other businesses who concurrently sell tobacco products, cold and flu remedies, diet aids, vitamins or other health related goods or services...

Safeway Sues Over San Francisco Tobacco Ban
SF Weekly (blog) - Matt Smith - March 10, 2011

Safeway Inc. has sued San Francisco over a law banning tobacco sales in stores containing pharmacies, claiming that the law gives an unfair advantage to markets that don't sell prescription drugs.

The lawsuit calls the tobacco ban "arbitrary and capricious," and "a denial of Safeway's due process rights under the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution." ...

MIKE MORAN: Fall River tobacco sale ordinance becomes a white-hot debate
Fall River Herald News - Dave Souza - Mar 9, 2011

This week, we watched as the Fall River City Council advanced an ordinance that, among other provisions, bans the sale of tobacco products in drugstores, including the large chains and supermarkets with pharmacies. If the five councilors in favor of ...

Cigarette sales ban elicits fiery response from City Council attendee
Fall River Herald News - Mar 9, 2011

His outbursts came as speakers rallied in support of an ordinance that would ban the sale of tobacco items at pharmacies. A first reading of the measure was approved by the council Tuesday on a 5-4 vote. A final vote on the ordinance is scheduled to ...

Fall River City Council approves first reading of tobacco ban
Fall River Herald News, 2011-03-09
Michael Holtzman Herald News Staff Reporter

Chain stores such as Rite Aid, Walgreens and Shaw's will be banned from selling cigarettes and other tobacco products if the City Council follows up Tuesday night's 5-4 vote on a first reading and approves final passage of the ordinance March 22.

It would affect 16 city chain store outlets. Five independent stores haven't sold the products in a decade. ...

Busy Fall River City Council will tackle budget transfers, tobacco sales rules
Fall River (MA) Herald News, 2011-03-08
Michael Holtzman Herald News Staff Reporter

The City Council Tuesday night will address ordinances for tree maintenance, prohibition on the sale of tobacco products at drugstores and fee changes for boat moorings and street vendors. . . . ...

Chatham citizen crusade against cigarettes in CVS
Wicked Local Chatham - Doreen Leggett - March 3, 2011

David Nixon remembers going into a drug store by his office in Newton and noticing that the scads of cigarettes and other tobacco products behind the counter were gone.

When he asked what happened, he was told new regulations, modeled on those in Boston and San Francisco, outlawed their sale by health care providers.

Fast forward a couple of months and Nixon, a member of the zoning board of appeals, was speaking with several representatives of CVS who were planning to build a new pharmacy side by side with Chatham Village Market. Nixon said he asked them if they would be willing to voluntarily not sell tobacco products at their new store, which at the time was wending through the permitting process. The store is slated to open its doors in May.

They said they couldn’t make those kinds of decisions, Nixon remembered.

“But they’d bring it back to corporate, as they say,” he said. “And then nothing happened.”

So he has taken matters into his own hands. Using regulations from other communities as a template, he brought draft wording before the board of health last week. When the board finishes fine-tuning the language that will be added to the town’s smoking regulations, a public hearing will be held. ...

Fall River considers banning tobacco sales in pharmacies
Turn to - Teresa Garofalo - March 2, 2011

Fall River could become the latest community to ban tobacco sales in drugstores or pharmacies. This week members of the City Council's ...

Fall River Looking to Ban Tobacco from Pharmacies
WLNE-TV (ABC6) - March 1, 2011

Smokers won't be able to buy tobacco products at pharmacies in Fall River, soon. The ban is part of a growing movement in the Bay State, and while many are in favor of it, some store owners say it's hurting their business. ABC6 Reporter John Guice has ...

Pharmacies: Promoting Health ... or Cancer?, February 8, 2011

Most people walk in to a pharmacy to pick up medication to treat a disease, or purchase toothpaste or band-aids. In general, consumers trust pharmacies to sell items related to health. But what if there was a product on your pharmacy's shelves that was responsible for over 400,00 deaths a year and was the number one cause of preventable death and disease in the U.S.? Maybe you'd wonder why it hasn't been removed yet.

Ryan Madanick, a gastroenterologist who specializes in esophageal diseases, wonders the same thing. He started a petition on urging two of the largest chain pharmacies -- CVS and Rite Aid -- to stop selling a product that directly results in disease and death -- tobacco.

For Madanick, it's not about banning the sale of tobacco products or imposing new laws. It's not about regulating people's smoking. Instead, it's the sheer hypocrisy that a place charged with promoting the health of its patrons would sell something so contradictory to this mission ...

Southborough tries to prevent teen smoking
Community Advocate - Kathryn Korostoff - January 21, 2011

Southborough - Teen smoking is a bad thing. We all know it. And Southborough is taking another step to prevent it.

The Southborough Board of Health held a public hearing on a proposed ban on the sale of all tobacco products in Southborough pharmacies Dec. 15. The Board of Health members: Dr. Louis Fazen (Chair), nurses Nancy Sacco and Mary Lou Woodford and Public Health Director Paul Pisinski oversee the office’s daily activities.

Director of the Massachusetts Municipal Association D.J. Wilson was also in attendance. He supports tobacco control programs in state municipalities. Wilson opened the meeting by sharing some information from the Massachusetts Medical Society and its support of tobacco sales restrictions.

At the meeting, the board unanimously amended the town’s tobacco control regulations to include the following amendment: “No health care institution located in the town of Southborough shall sell or cause to be sold tobacco products. No retail establishment that operates or has a health care institution within it, such as a pharmacy or drug store, shall sell or cause to be sold tobacco products.”

The ban is in effect immediately, and the three town pharmacies will have 60 days to comply ...

Cats, Dogs and Everything Else: Bills of the Session
State Journal - Walt Williams - January 20, 2011

SB 9 -- Prohibits West Virginia pharmacies from selling tobacco products after June 30. Sponsor: Sen. Foster. SB 17 -- Creates a new state Office of ...

San Francisco bans all pharmacy tobacco sales
ModernMedicine - Christine Blank - January 14, 2011

After much legal wrangling, pharmacies in San Francisco can no longer carry cigarettes. Although the San Francisco Board of Supervisors ruled in 2008 that ...

Walpole selectmen Cliff Snuffer and Mike Berry question ban of tobacco ...
Walpole Times - Keith Ferguson - November 18, 2010

WALPOLE — Weeks after the Board of Health banned local pharmacies from selling tobacco products, two selectmen are questioning the prohibition and may take legislative action in an attempt to reverse it.

The Walpole selectmen called the move unfair to Walpole businesses and citizens.

A local doctor promoted the regulation change that prohibited stores in Walpole from selling cigarettes and prescription medication in the same place. Dr. Joe Dorsey argued it is hypocritical for a business to peddle known carcinogens in an establishment meant to improve people’s health.

Board of Health members reopened Walpole’s regulations last month and voted 4 to 1 to ban tobacco products from pharmacies. The new law forcing pharmacies to choose between selling cigarettes and prescription medication went into effect on Oct. 21.

A total of four Walpole pharmacies were directly affected by the move: CVS, WalMart, Big Y and Stop & Shop.

Health Director Robin Chapell said this week that the transition away from selling tobacco products has gone smoothly and the board hasn’t received complaints from the businesses about the new regulations ...

Ban on Saskatchewan pharmacies selling tobacco products pushed back to April 2011
Saskatoon (Sas) Star Phoenix (ca), 2010-10-25

Saskatchewan pharmacies will stop selling tobacco products as of April 1, 2011, said Health minister Don McMorris on Monday.

McMorris released the province’s tobacco reduction strategy as he opened a two-day symposium that brings together health officials and experts from across Saskatchewan. He later told reporters that the government is delaying the ban on pharmacy tobacco sales by several months.

“A lot of pharmacies have to change the design of the store and we’re giving the time to do that,” McMorris told reporters Monday at the Hilton Garden Inn. ...

Whitman's ex-housekeeper advised by SF lawyer
San Francisco Chronicle - October 6, 2010

Lit up: San Francisco could have another legal challenge on its hands over banning tobacco from pharmacies. Safeway and other grocery chains weren't part of ...

Cigarette Ban At Pharmacies Approved, Alcohol Fee Vote Postponed
San Francisco Appeal , 2010-09-28
Ari Burack, Bay City News

San Francisco supervisors today gave final approval to expand the city's ban on tobacco sales at stores with pharmacies but postponed a vote on overturning a mayoral veto of a fee on alcohol wholesalers.

An expansion of the city's ban on tobacco sales at stores with pharmacies--which would include grocery and big-box stores such as Safeway, Lucky and Costco--was approved at a second board vote this afternoon, and Mayor Gavin Newsom's office indicated the mayor will sign it.

Supporters have said that cigarette sales at stores that also sell medicines sends a mixed message, particularly to youth.

Supervisors pass booze fee, expand ban on cigarette sales : City Insider
San Francisco Chronicle, 2010-09-22
Audrey Cooper, John Coté, Kristen Go, Rachel Gordon,

...Supervisors also signed off on legislation to expand the ban on tobacco sales in drug stores to include big-box stores and supermarkets with on-site pharmacies. ...

San Francisco supes OK expanded tobacco sales ban
Associated Press (AP), 2010-09-21
TREVOR HUNNICUTT, For The Associated Press

San Francisco supervisors gave preliminary approval Tuesday to expanding a law that restricts drug stores from selling tobacco products to also apply to grocery stores and big box wholesale clubs with pharmacies.

Supervisor Eric Mar, who co-sponsored the legislation, said there was no good reason for stores that sell nicotine patches and drugs to patients with cancer at one counter to offer cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco at another.

"Cigarettes and pharmacies don't mix," Mar said. "Pharmacies should promote healing and protect our health."

The ordinance expands an existing ban on drug store sales of tobacco products to cover big box wholesale clubs with pharmacies such as Costco Wholesale Corp. and grocery stores such as Safeway. A similar law is on the books in Boston.

Board of Supervisors to vote on tobacco ban extension
SF State News (San Francisco State University), 2010-09-20
Andrea Moran, staff writer

Smokers may no longer be able to purchase cigarettes at stores like Safeway and Costco after the San Francisco Board of Supervisors votes on Tuesday to broaden a tobacco sales ban to include all stores that have a pharmacy. If Mayor Gavin Newsom signs the ordinance, tobacco products will disappear from those businesses in 30 days.

According to Dr. Lisa Kroon, executive vice-chair of the department of clinical pharmacy at UCSF's School of Pharmacy, selling tobacco products in stores that have pharmacies represents a conflict of interests.

"You shouldn't be able to buy products that harm you in the same place you go to get healthy," said Lin-Shao Chin, legislative aide to Supervisor Eric Mar, who introduced the legislation in August.

Board to vote on expanding ban on tobacco sales
San Francisco Chronicle, 2010-09-21
Heather Knight, Chronicle Staff Writer

Packs of cigarettes line the back wall of Charlie's, a corner store in the Western Addition, while just feet away sits a pharmacy with a scoreboard-like device flashing flu prevention tips.

It's a juxtaposition the San Francisco Board of Supervisors is expected to quash today as it votes on legislation to ban selling tobacco products in any stores containing pharmacies.

That means no more tossing a pack of cigarettes into the cart at Safeway or Costco - and, according to Charlie's owner Nick Shoman, the possible death of his family's 23-year-old business. Or at least its pharmacy, which is a money-loser, while cigarettes account for 8 percent of his profit.

And besides, he added, the legislation won't stop a single patron of his from smoking - a prediction loyal customers Nate Cochran, 48, and Rickey Jackson, 51, said is a sure bet.

"If I have to go to Timbuktu to get my cigarettes, I'll go to Timbuktu!" Jackson said.

Tobacco ban poised to expand
San Francisco (CA) Examiner, 2010-09-14
Joshua Sabatini Examiner Staff Writer

The City moved closer Monday to banning the sale of tobacco products in all businesses with a pharmacy, including drugstores and supermarkets.

In 2008, San Francisco became the first U.S. city to ban the sale of tobacco products in drugstores such as Walgreens, but exempted grocery stores or stores such as Safeway and Costco.

But Walgreens sued The City and the California Court of Appeals ruled in June that the law, in applying just to drugstores, violates equal protection rights under the U.S. Constitution.

The City has now turned to a "legislative fix" in the legal battle. Supervisor Eric Mar has proposed legislation that would impose the ban on all businesses with a pharmacy.

The Board of Supervisors Land Use and Economic Development Committee approved the legislation in a 3-0 vote Monday. The full board is expected to vote on the bill next week. ...

Cigarette Sales Ban Expansion Moves One Step Closer To Approval
San Francisco Appeal , 2010-09-14
Ari Burack, Bay City News

Legislation to expand San Francisco's first-in-the-nation ban on tobacco sales by pharmacies moved forward in committee today, despite one owner's concern that it would drive his corner store out of business.

After testimony by health officials and anti-tobacco advocates this afternoon, the Board of Supervisors' three-member Land Use and Economic Development Committee agreed unanimously to send the ordinance--which adds grocery stores and "big box" stores with pharmacies to the ban--to the full board.

Nick Schoman, owner of Charlie's, a corner drug store at 1101 Fillmore St. in the Western Addition neighborhood, asked the committee not to pass the legislation.

"Losing tobacco sales would cripple my business," Schoman said. ...

During the March 2010 annual meeting of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), the following statements regarding sales of tobacco in pharmacies were adopted by the APhA of Delegates and became the official policy of the association. The APhA Board and leadership planned to meet in the next few months to discuss and adopt implementation strategies for these new policies.

APhA has over 60,000 members and is the largest association representing the pharmacy field.

Discontinuation of the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies and facilities that include pharmacies

  1. APhA urges pharmacies and facilities that include pharmacies to discontinue the sale of tobacco products.

  2. APhA urges the federal government and state governments to limit participation in government-funded prescription programs to pharmacies that do not sell tobacco products.

  3. APhA urges state boards of pharmacy to discontinue issuing and renewing licenses to pharmacies that sell tobacco products and to pharmacies that are in facilities that sell tobacco products.

  4. APhA urges colleges of pharmacy to only use pharmacies that do not sell tobacco products as experience sites for their students.

  5. APhA urges the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) to adopt the position that college-administered pharmacy experience programs should only use pharmacies that do not sell tobacco products.

  6. APhA urges pharmacists and student pharmacists who are seeking employment opportunities to first consider positions in pharmacies that do not sell tobacco products.

Canadians, Americans, Britons support tobacco crackdowns
Toronto Sun - 8 August 18, 2010

The Angus Reid Public Opinion poll found that most respondents supported the laws that ban smoking indoors, in a vehicle that has a child present and in ...

Next target for tobacco ban: Grocery stores
San Francisco Examiner - Joshua Sabatini - August 4, 2010

The City recently adopted legislation expanding the no-smoking areas throughout San Francisco, an effort to reduce the number of tobacco-selling permits has ...

Everett board bans sale of tobacco in drugstores
Boston Globe - John Laidler - June 10, 2010

Starting next week, smokers will find it a little less convenient to pick up a pack of cigarettes in Everett.

Hoping to deliver another blow against smoking, the Board of Health on May 24 voted unanimously to ban the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies. The ban, which takes effect next Tuesday, also applies to business establishments that include pharmacies, according to Heidi Porter, Everett’s public health director.

“Pharmacies and drugstores that sell tobacco products are essentially approving of the purchase and use of tobacco. And we think that sends a mixed message to consumers who are going to these pharmacies really for health care services,’’ Porter said, of what prompted the ban. “The bottom line is that these pharmacies are health care establishments.’...

Walgreen Suit Over San Francisco Tobacco Ban Revived (Update1)
(Updates with history of sales ban in second paragraph.)
Business Week/Bloomberg, 2010-06-08
Karen Gullo

Walgreen Co., the largest U.S. drugstore chain, can proceed with a lawsuit challenging San Francisco's first-in-the-nation law banning sales of tobacco products in some pharmacies, a California appeals court ruled.

The ordinance, passed in 2008, says drugstores that sell health-care products convey tacit approval of smoking by selling cigarettes. While it barred tobacco sales at Walgreens, it didn't apply to grocery and warehouse stores that also contain pharmacies like those operated by Safeway Inc. and Costco Wholesale Corp. Walgreen claims the rule is unconstitutional and anticompetitive.

Today's ruling reversed a judge's decision to dismiss Walgreen's case. A state appeals court in San Francisco said there's no rational basis to believe that the message conveyed to consumers by tobacco sales at Walgreens is any different from such sales at supermarkets or big-box stores that have pharmacies. Walgreen can challenge whether the rule is an equal protection violation, the court said. ...


What must be decided here is whether the legitimate objectives of discouraging smoking and avoiding the suggestion that a health care purveyor approves of ...

Calif. Justices Wonder: Is Walgreens a Grocery Store?, 2010-03-11
Kate Moser The Recorder

In a challenge to a San Francisco law that bans tobacco sales at drug stores, three California appeal court justices on Wednesday looked like they wanted to avoid ruling on Walgreens' constitutional argument that the city is violating equal protection rights.

Instead, the First District Court of Appeal panel appeared more interested in whether a drug store that sells food is really a grocery store that would be exempt.

The local ordinance, which took effect in 2008, bans tobacco sales in San Francisco at drug stores but not at supermarkets or stores like Costco. The city has contended that the sale of tobacco by health-promoting businesses sends a mixed message about cigarettes. ...

Local doctor asks Board of Health to ban sale of cigarettes in Walpole pharmacies
Wicked Local (MA), 2010-02-25
Keith Ferguson Walpole Times

Calling the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies contradictory, Board of Health members will look into banning the sale of cigarettes in Walpole stores that also sell prescription medication.

Walpole resident Dr. Joseph Dorsey presented the topic to the board at their meeting Tuesday night, arguing it didn't make sense that pharmacies, which sell products to improve people's health, would peddle tobacco products.

The board has scheduled a public hearing at their next meeting to discuss changing town regulations to forbid stores with pharmacies from selling tobacco products. Health Director Robin Chapell said businesses would have to choose between selling cigarettes or prescriptions.

Boston, Needham, Newton and Uxbridge have passed similar measures statewide. ...

Stop-smoking effort to kick off Saturday
Contra Costa Times - December 17, 2009

... offer educational materials on the dangers of smoking. Also, the Pharmacists Planning Service is pushing a ban on sale of cigarettes in all pharmacies. ...

Newton aldermen snuff out tobacco in pharmacies
Newton TAB - John Hilliard - November 17, 2009

Newton — The Board of Aldermen approved a ban forbidding pharmacies from selling tobacco products in the city by a wide margin Monday night. The measure passed without discussion.

In an 18-3 vote, members approved the ban, which supporters said was intended to prevent those in the public health business from selling cigarettes and other tobacco items.

Aldermen Bill Brandel, Amy Sangiolo and Jay Harney cast the only nay votes against the ban. ...

Push to restrict tobacco sales to drugstores
San Francisco Chronicle, 2009-11-06
Victoria Colliver, Chronicle Staff Writer

Now San Francisco entrepreneur Stuart Skorman, founder of the now defunct holistic-oriented drugstore chain Elephant Pharmacy, wants to make pharmacies the only places that sell tobacco products.

Skorman, who on Thursday launched a nonprofit organization called to promote his idea, believes that restricting cigarette sales to pharmacies would not only control the distribution and visibility of the product, but also give pharmacists the opportunity to counsel customers about quitting.

The idea would also prevent kids from going down to the corner store to buy cigarettes from a clerk who may not check identification, he said.
"Keeping tobacco away from 12-year-olds saves lives and billions of dollars from the health care system," he said.

Skorman advocates testing the concept in some cities and then comparing the impact on smoking with those that have banned the sale of tobacco products in drugstores. He said he's in discussions with city officials interested in the idea, but declined to name the cities.

"If limiting distribution and limiting the visibility of this dangerous product reduces smoking in communities, we believe pharmacists would be more than happy to be part of the program," he said.

The problem? Most pharmacists and health experts interviewed for this story found the idea downright unhealthy. ...

San Francisco, Berkeley Missed Public Health Opportunity by Moving Tobacco
PR Newswire, 2009-11-05

San Francisco and Berkeley missed an opportunity to help smokers quit when the cities moved all tobacco sales out of pharmacies, according to a new Bay Area health initiative. Instead of having smokers buy cigarettes in convenience stores and at other retailers, smokers should buy cigarettes only at pharmacy counters, says Stuart Skorman, founder of Elephant Pharmacy.

Launching, Skorman is focused on making pharmacies centers of health and wellness at the community level. "They can't just sell medicines to people who are sick. They must educate consumers and give them tools to lead healthier lives."

Keeping cigarettes behind the pharmacy counter would do just that, Skorman says. When a smoker asks for a pack of cigarettes, pharmacy staff would have the opening to offer nicotine replacement, such as the patch or gum, or point smokers in the direction of counseling and other tools. The approach wouldn't require a prescription for tobacco but would offer smokers tools to help them quit. ...

Newton takes public comment on extinguishing pharmacy tobacco sales
Wicked Local (MA), 2009-11-03
Dan Atkinson/Staff Writer

Residents can butt in at an aldermen meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 4 about a proposal to ban tobacco from being sold at CVS and other city pharmacies.

"We wanted to give a chance for the public to weigh in on an important issue," said Alderman Ted Hess-Mahan, one of the proposal's sponsors.
The public comment will be at 7:45 p.m. at City Hall on Wednesday. The Programs and Services Committee will host it in Room 222.

The ban would be similar to ones in Boston, Uxbridge and Needham ...

Study shows how smoking really burns Saskatchewan
Regina Leader-Post - Murray Mandryk - October 28, 2009

Saskatchewan, Canada: ...Besides banning smoking in cars with kids under 14 years and banning smoking on outdoor bar and restaurant patios, the government is also contemplating stopping the sale of cigarettes in pharmacies, including pharmacies located in big-box stores. However, such big-box stores might be able to sell tobacco in areas with separate entrances. ...

Court upholds verdict against tobacco firms
San Francisco Chronicle, 2009-10-15
Bob Egelko, Chronicle Staff Writer

... In another development, San Francisco's ban on tobacco sales in drugstores survived a legal challenge from Philip Morris. City Attorney Dennis Herrera's office said the tobacco company had dropped its appeal of a ruling upholding the year-old ordinance.

The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco upheld the ban last month, rejecting Philip Morris' argument that the city was effectively prohibiting tobacco advertising at drugstores in violation of freedom of speech. The court said the ordinance restricted only tobacco sales, not advertising.

A state appeals court in San Francisco is considering a separate suit by Walgreens, which says the ordinance discriminates against drugstores by allowing supermarkets and big-box retail stores with pharmacies to sell tobacco. ...

Philip Morris Drops Lawsuit Against San Francisco
KRXI-TV Fox 11 (Reno, NV), 2009-10-15

The nation's largest tobacco company agreed Thursday to drop its legal challenge to San Francisco's ban on tobacco sales in pharmacies.
Lawyers for the Richmond, Va. -based Philip Morris USA Inc. filed a stipulation of dismissal in federal court in Oakland, agreeing to end a lawsuit that claimed the San Francisco law violated its free speech rights.
The action comes after a federal appeals court in San Francisco upheld the law on Sept. 9, affirming a decision in which U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken of Oakland last year refused to issue a preliminary injunction.

Philip Morris spokesman Jack Marshall said he could not comment except to say that if Wilken signs the stipulation, "Obviously, the case will be dismissed."

The judge's approval is expected because the stipulation was signed by lawyers for both Philip Morris and the city.

City Attorney Dennis Herrera hailed the end of the case, saying, "San Francisco's local officials have the right and the duty to protect public health, and in this case they have a compelling rationale."

"Consumers -- and especially young people -- should reasonably expect pharmacies to serve their health needs, not to enable our leading cause of preventable death," Herrera said. . . .

Chief Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski wrote in September that while advertising is a form of free speech, "Selling cigarettes isn't."

Proposal would send Newton pharmacy tobacco sales up in smoke
Newton TAB - Dan Atkinson - October 8, 2009

... on a proposed ban of tobacco products in pharmacies. The ban would be similar to ones in San Francisco, Boston and Needham. At a meeting Wednesday night, ...

Letters: Politicians behaving badly
San Francisco Chronicle, 2009-09-11
DEEPAK SRIVASTAVA, M.D. American Heart Association San Francisco

Wednesday's federal appeals court ruling upholding San Francisco's ban on tobacco sales at pharmacies rightly dismissed Philip Morris' specious argument that this sensible ordinance interferes with the corporation's right to communicate with its customers. The Web, magazine ads, event sponsorship - their messages are hardly scarce.

Pharmacies should be centers of wellness, not illness. They should not sell products that, when used as intended, are quite likely to kill the user.
Let's hope that other cities and counties will quickly take action and follow San Francisco's lead. ...

S.F. ban on tobacco in drugstores survives
San Francisco Chronicle, 2009-09-10
Bob Egelko, Chronicle Staff Writer

San Francisco can enforce its ban on tobacco sales in drugstores, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday, rejecting a free-speech argument by tobacco giant Philip Morris.

The ordinance, the first of its kind in the nation, took effect in October. It prohibits sales of cigarettes and other tobacco products at San Francisco's nearly 60 drugstores.

Philip Morris said the ban effectively forced the company to pull its advertising out of the stores, interfering with its constitutional right to communicate with customers. But the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said the city hasn't restricted freedom of expression.

The city "limits where cigarettes may be sold; it doesn't prevent (Philip Morris) from advertising," the court said in a 3-0 ruling upholding a judge's denial of an injunction against the ordinance.

Even if the measure affects advertising in drugstores, the court added, it does not suppress any ideas or the company's ability to discuss its product. ...

Tobacco ban smolders on
San Francisco (CA) Examiner, 2009-09-10

The City can continue to ban tobacco sales in pharmacies, after Mayor Gavin Newsom's proposal cleared another legal hurdle Wednesday from the nation's largest cigarette manufacturer.

San Francisco became the first city in the nation to ban tobacco sales in pharmacies almost a year ago. The law exempts supermarkets and big-box stores, such as Costco, that contain pharmacies. . . .

"I am pleased that the court rejected Philip Morris' attempt to use the First Amendment as a profit-making tool," City Attorney Dennis Herrera said in a statement.

Jack Marshall, a spokesman for Philip Morris, said the company is reviewing its options.

"While we're disappointed with today's decision, we continue to believe that the purpose and the effect of the ordinance is to suppress communications directed to adult smokers in violation of our constitutional rights," he said. "The ban also unfairly deprives adult consumers of the opportunity to buy tobacco products from legitimate, licensed retail businesses." ...

Framingham considers banning cigarette sales in pharmacies
MetroWest Daily News - Framingham,MA,USA, August 19, 2009

FRAMINGHAM ­ The Board of Health will consider placing a townwide ban on cigarette sales inside Framingham pharmacies.

Board Chairman Mike Hugo expects to discuss the idea at the board's meeting later this month.

"A pharmacy is supposed to be a place where you sell healthy things," said Hugo. "And quite frankly we've had a problem with pharmacies selling cigarettes to minors."
Hugo expects the discussion to be "a two-meeting process," and noted that the Board of Health has the power to unilaterally institute such a ban.

"We don't need a bylaw," he said.

If Framingham were to enact such a ban, it would be the fourth Massachusetts community, behind Boston, Needham, and Uxbridge, to do so, according to the Framingham-based Tobacco Free Mass. …

… The Walgreens suit is still pending, said Bronson Frick, associate director for Nonsmokers' Rights. "We expect a lot more cities to follow suit," said Frick ...

S.F.'s Tobacco Sales Ban Hits Ninth Circuit, 2009-08-13

Two attorneys who had both clerked in the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals went head to head there Wednesday in a case that pits Philip Morris against the city of San Francisco.

The case concerns the city's 2008 ban on the sale of tobacco in city pharmacies. Philip Morris counsel Daniel Collins, of Munger, Tolles & Olson, argued that the city law violates the company's right to advertise its product.

In December, U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken ruled that the ordinance did not violate Philip Morris' First Amendment right.

During Wednesday's brief hearing, Ninth Circuit Chief Judge Alex Kozinski poked at Philip Morris' argument, saying that following that logic would mean that any time the government bans the sale of anything, it would become a First Amendment issue. ...

Judges don't buy theory in S.F. tobacco-ban case
San Francisco Chronicle, 2009-08-13
Bob Egelko, Chronicle Staff Writer

A federal appeals court appeared to be inclined Wednesday to let San Francisco continue to enforce its ban on tobacco sales in drugstores.

A lawyer for Philip Morris argued to a panel of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco that the ordinance, which took effect in October 2008, forced the tobacco company to pull its advertising out of drugstores, interfering with its constitutional right to communicate with its customers.

"Retailers will not agree to accept (display ads) for products they can't sell," attorney Daniel Collins said. Even if a store was willing to continue tobacco advertising, he said, "it annoys their customers, tantalizes them," to see ads for products they can't buy.

As a consequence, Collins argued, Philip Morris has to pay more to exercise its First Amendment right to advertise its products, because of what he described as the city's hostility to the ads' message.

But Judge Procter Hug, part of the three-member court panel, pointed out that the ordinance banned only tobacco sales, and the company had removed the ads on its own. Chief Judge Alex Kozinski noted that advertisers always have to decide how much they're willing to pay to pitch their wares. . . .

"The problem with your argument is that any time the government bans the sale of anything, it becomes a First Amendment issue," Kozinski told Collins. ...

San Francisco: Smoking Ads Are Not Free Speech
City clashes with Phillip [sic] Morris over pharmacy ban
NBC Bay Area - July 29, 2009

Lawyers for the city of San Francisco told a federal judge Thursday that the city's ban on cigarette sales by pharmacies has nothing to do with free speech.

Attorneys for the city made the argument in a brief filed with U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken of Oakland to oppose a bid by Philip Morris USA Inc. for a preliminary injunction blocking the ban.

Philip Morris, the nation's largest tobacco company, claims the ban violates its First Amendment right of free speech by putting an end to cigarette advertising and displays in the pharmacy stores.

But city lawyers wrote in their brief, "The sale of a product is conduct, not speech."

They said Philip Morris is still free to pay pharmacies to display tobacco advertisements. ...

MOTTA: Perspective: Needham decision to ban cigarette sales in pharmacies sets an example
Wicked Local (MA), 2009-07-21
Mario Motta, M.D., Guest Commentary

In voting to ban the sale of tobacco products at pharmacies and other health-care facilities within the town, the Needham Board of Health has taken a giant step for public health. I congratulate the members for a courageous action that will enhance the health of people of all ages.
The medical evidence on tobacco use is clear. . . .

This issue is of such importance that the Medical Society is strongly supporting two bills now before the legislature: House Bill 2054 and Senate Bill 813. These bills would restrict the sale of tobacco products at locations where health professionals are employed and assure that no licensed health professionals in Massachusetts are employed in their profession where tobacco products are sold. . . .

The Needham Board of Health's action and the proposed state legislation will not end the sale of tobacco products by themselves. But together they send a crucial message to our patients young and old: that physicians and health professionals recognize the dangers of tobacco and are willing to act in what they believe to be the best interests of their personal and public health. The board's action will help to save lives, reduce illness, and contain health-care costs in the commonwealth. ...

Needham bans cigarette sales in pharmacies
Needham Times - Steven Ryan - July 14, 2009

Needham — Needham pharmacies will soon not be able to sell cigarettes after the Board of Health voted July 14 to approve the ban.

The Board of Health voted 2-0 in favor of the ban, with one member absent. The ban will go into effect on Oct. 1. This comes five months after Boston banned cigarettes from pharmacies. The new regulations also include language preventing the sale of noncigarette tobacco products, including “blunt wraps,” to minors.

The ban affects three of the four pharmacies in town: the two CVS pharmacies, with one in Needham Heights and another in the downtown; and Walgreens, across from Town Hall. The Bird’s Hill Pharmacy on Great Plain Avenue hasn’t sold cigarettes in years. ...

NY bill would restrict drug store cigarette sales
(Long Island, NY) Newsday, 2009-04-20
MICHAEL GORMLEY * Associated Press Writer

New York could be the first state to ban the sale of cigarettes in drug stores as well as in supermarkets and big-box stores like Wal-Mart that have pharmacies.

Measures similar to the bill gaining ground in New York have already been enacted in cities such as San Francisco and Boston, in towns and in parts of Canada. But the bill in Albany would be the first statewide ban, according to Assemblyman Sam Hoyt, a Buffalo Democrat and co-sponsor of the bill.

Supporters and opponents say the ban would likely lead to further measures to stop the sale of tobacco products. ...

Legal Consortium files amicus brief in first impression tobacco ...
William Mitchell College of Law – March 31, 2009

William Mitchell’s Tobacco Control Legal Consortium and its California affiliate, the Tobacco Assistance Legal Center, filed an amicus brief at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on March 24 defending San Francisco’s pioneering ban on pharmacy sales of tobacco products against a First Amendment challenge by Philip Morris. This will be the first appellate decision on the validity of pharmacy sales bans of tobacco products and likely will set precedent for the country.

The San Francisco ordinance has survived an initial round of challenges after both Philip Morris and Walgreens requested injunctions to stop enforcement of the ban on selling tobacco products in pharmacies. Both challenges were rejected and the law went into effect Oct. 1, stripping tobacco products from the city’s approximately 60 drug stores. Philip Morris, the nation’s largest tobacco company, immediately appealed the order. The appeal before the Ninth Circuit could take months to resolve.

The Legal Consortium’s brief was written by Linda Lye, an experienced appellate attorney at Altshuler Berzon in San Francisco, and was joined by 19 parties, including national medical, public health, and pharmaceutical organizations, such as the American Medical Association, the National Association of County and City Health Officials, the National Association of Local Boards of Health, the American Legacy Foundation, Americans for Nonsmokers Rights, and the Pharmacists Planning Service, Inc., as well as California health organizations, leading groups from Massachusetts concerned about Boston’s new pharmacy ban, and several professors at the University of California at San Francisco, School of Pharmacy. ...

Pharmacies complying with new law that bans tobacco sales
Boston (MA) Globe, 2009-02-16

Boston inspectors who visited 73 pharmacies during the first week of stringent new tobacco control regulations could not find a single pack of cigarettes on store shelves, the city's health department reported.

Last Monday, Boston became the second major US city - San Francisco was the first - to ban tobacco sales at drugstores. .

Boston Bans Cigarette Sales In Drug Stores
WBBM, February 9, 2009

(CBS) Boston will become the nation’s second city to ban the sale of cigarettes by pharmacies on Monday, as new rules approved by the city’s public health commission take effect.

The regulations passed by the commission two months ago also ban colleges from selling tobacco products on campus and will force smoking bars to shut their doors within a decade, reports CBS News correspondent Randall Pinkston.

“In 10 years, all smoking bars in Boston should be gone,” Dr. Barbara Ferrer, the commission’s executive director, tells CBS News.

There are only 11 left, and the city vows not to license any more. Health officials are especially perturbed at the emergence of half a dozen of hookah bars, which cater to college students and young adults.

“Once you get started, quitting is very hard,” Hallet says. “We still have a half a million deaths a year in the country every year that are attributable to the use of tobacco.”

Judge dismisses Walgreens suit over S.F. tobacco ban in drugstores
San Francisco Chronicle, December 20, 2008

San Francisco's ban on tobacco sales in drugstores cleared another legal hurdle today when a judge dismissed a suit by Walgreens, which complained about the law's exemption for supermarkets and big-box retail stores that have pharmacies.

Judge Peter Busch of San Francisco Superior Court said city supervisors who passed the ordinance were entitled to conclude that selling cigarettes in drugstores, where customers go to improve their health, sends the wrong message to young people about the acceptability of smoking. That was a reasonable basis for prohibiting sales in stores such as Walgreens while allowing them in other stores that have pharmacies, he said.

Boston bans cigarette sales in drug stores but delays cigar bar closings
Boston Globe, 2008-12-11
Stephen Smith, Globe Staff

Cigar bars and other swank salons devoted to smoking won a significant though temporary reprieve from Boston health regulators today, who decided that the establishments will face extinction in 10 years instead of the five-year grace period originally proposed as part of sweeping new tobacco control rules.

The regulations, approved unanimously by the Boston Public Health Commission, also ban cigarette sales at drugstores and on college campuses in the city and eliminate smoking on the patios of restaurants and bars with outside service. Those restrictions will go into effect in 60 days.

The restrictions give Boston among the most stringent antismoking laws in the United States and place it at the vanguard of widening campaigns to reduce cigarette smoking, especially among young people and the poor.

While major pharmacy chains and tobacco companies quietly fought the rules, the most fervent opposition emerged from the owners and patrons of cigar bars and hookah lounges, where customers take long drags on flavored tobacco from a communal water pipe.

Judge upholds ban on drugstore tobacco sales
San Francisco Chronicle, December 6, 2008

San Francisco's ban on tobacco sales in drugstores doesn't violate a cigarette company's constitutional right to advertise its products, a federal judge ruled Friday in rejecting Philip Morris' attempt to halt enforcement of the ordinance.

The company said it would appeal.

The ordinance "prohibits conduct, tobacco sales, not speech about tobacco," said U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken of Oakland. Her ruling spelled out her reasons for her decision at a Nov. 6 hearing to deny an injunction against the ban, which took effect Oct. 1.

The ordinance, the first of its kind in the nation, prohibits sales of cigarettes and other tobacco products at the city's nearly 60 drugstores. It exempts supermarkets and big-box retail stores that also have pharmacies, the basis of a separate suit by Walgreens claiming unconstitutional discrimination. A San Francisco Superior Court judge denied Walgreens' request for an injunction Sept. 30.

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