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,
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
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
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 ...
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)
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.
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
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 ...
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 ...
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
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.
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.
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 ...
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
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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
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.
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.
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.
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 .
Follow the CVS model: Make your bottom line work with your mission
Boston Business Journal April 4, 2014
CVS Caremarks 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
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 ...
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 ...
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
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Walmart, Walgreens Stop Selling Tobacco?
Patch.com - 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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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. ...
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...
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....
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 ...
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....
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
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
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.
Walgreens: Walgreens and Duane Reade: Stop selling tobacco products
Change.org - 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.
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...
should be commended for ending cigarette sales
SILive.com - 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
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.
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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.
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.".
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.
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
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.
Nation should follow CVS
Cincinnati.com - 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...
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
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.
tobacco ban sparks sustainability questions
GreenBiz.com (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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Ohio officials praise CVS for removing tobacco products ...
News-Herald.com - 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 ...
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.
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.
puts its money where its cigarettes are
LimaOhio.com - 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 ...
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.
teens took on tobacco
Boston.com - 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, ...
| CVS deserves credit for tobacco policy
MyrtleBeachOnline.com - 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. ...
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.
Everything's healthy at the tobacco-free CVS
OpEdNews - February 12, 2014
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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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
Call On Walgreens To Stop Evaluating Cigarette Sales And Just Stop Them
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
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.
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 ...
urges US pharmacy chains to follow CVS lead on tobacco sales
DesMoinesRegister.com - 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.
CVS leads the way on cigarettes
ReporterHerald.com - 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 ...
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
Richard Blumenthal calls on pharmacies to follow CVS lead in banning
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.
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...
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 ...
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.
pharmacies ending cigarette, tobacco sales despite potential $2 billion
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,...
BOH Supports CVS's Decision to Stop Tobacco Sales
Patch.com - 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 ...
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.
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.
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
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
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.
tobacco decision may benefit it in long run
Greensboro (NC) News & Record - February 7, 2014
...is 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 ...
is right for Kroger to stop selling tobacco
Cincinnati Business Courier February 7, 2014
...is 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
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.
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
Islanders weigh in on CVS' pending removal of cigarettes ...
SILive.com - 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 ...
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
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 ...
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
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 ...
CVS, for Banning Tobacco Products
NBCNews.com (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 ...
CVS Pharmacy tobacco ban is not just smoke and mirrors
Examiner.com - 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 ...
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 ...
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.
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
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
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. Thats
also the premise behind a new deci
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.
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 ...
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
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...
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...
CVS pullout, new ads will lower tobaccos deadly toll
Sacramento (CA) Bee - February 6, 2014
Its 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 ...
tobacco ban could smoke out other cigarette sellers
Bay Area BizTalk, San Francisco Business Times February 6, 2014
...is 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
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...
| 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...
follows Maine chains 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.
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.
Should more stores follow CVS' example and stop selling tobacco products?
NJ.com - February 6, 2014
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 ...
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...
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 ...
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.
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.
Stores Closing Doors to Tobacco Products; Local Impact on Farmers--Mikayla
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.
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...
move wont 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 didnt find e-cigs
anywhere that traditional cigarettes are sold. ...
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 ...
Free RI, health director praise CVS Caremark's decision to phase out
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.
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 ...
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
area shop owners say CVS tobacco ban means better business for local
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.
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 ...
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
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
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.
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
to discontinue all tobacco by October 1
dailyfreepress.com 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 ...
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
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 todays decision will help
advance my administrations 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."
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
WASHINGTON CVS Caremark, the nation's second-largest drugstore chain,
plans to stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products at its ...
stores to stop selling tobacco
CNN.com 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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
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 ...
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.
Tobacco Ban: Walgreens Co Trapped In PR Haze As Customers Demand Smoke-Free
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.
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.
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 ...
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."
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 ...
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
to Stop Selling Cigarettes
Pharmacy Chain Says Tobacco Products Don't Fit With Push as Health-Care
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 ...
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.
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
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.
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.
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 ...
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. ...
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." ...
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.
Health Officials Closer To New Smoking Rules
iBerkshires.com - 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.
tobacco out of our pharmacies
The Journal News | LoHud.com - 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.
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
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
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.
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.
Board of Health looking to ban cigarette sales in pharmacies
MassLive.com - 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,
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 ...
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
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
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 ...
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
Falmouth Ban Tobacco Sales in Pharmacies?
Patch.com-April 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 ...
Board of Health Considers Ban on Tobacco Sales in Pharmacies
CapeNews.net - 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 ...
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.
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
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.
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 ...
of Health Approves Ban on Tobacco Sales at Pharmacies
Patch.com-January 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
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.
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.
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.
ban on tobacco sales takes effect
SouthCoastToday.com - 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.
considers banning tobacco sales at pharmacies
Boston.com - 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 ...
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 ...
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.
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.
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
cities and towns join growing roster to ban tobacco ...
SouthCoastToday.com - 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.
sales banned in Fairhaven pharmacies beginning Nov. 1
SouthCoastToday.com - 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.
Windsor Town Council Majority Against Banning Tobacco Sales in Pharmacies
South Windsor (CT) Patch.com - 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 ones
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.
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.
Windsor Town Council to Discuss Prohibiting Pharmacies From Selling
Patch.com - 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.
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
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.
and Non-Smokers Respond to New Cigarette Sale Ban at ...
Patch.com (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 ...
US: Was Ban on Tobacco at Pharmacies the Right Decision?
Salem (MA) Patch.com - 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 ...
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.
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 ...
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. ...
Seeks to Ban Cigarette Sales in South Windsor Pharmacies
Patch.com (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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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 healths
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.
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
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.
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
may limit sales of most tobacco products
Boston.com - 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
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.
considers tobacco sales ban for pharmacies
Enterprise (MA) News - May 2, 2012
Selectmen on Monday reviewed proposed changes in the towns tobacco
regulations that would ban the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies
and increase fines for tobacco violations. ...
Health Board Bans Tobacco Sales In Pharmacies
iBerkshires.com - 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.
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
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.
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,
eyes ban on tobacco sales at pharmacies
Health panel may consider regulation at next meeting
Lawrence (MA) Eagle-Tribune, 2012-03-30
NORTH ANDOVER Right now, you can go to a pharmacy and buy life-saving
medicines, such as Lipitor or similar drugs that lower cholesterol.
Tobacco products do not belong in Milford's pharmacies
MetroWest Daily News - March 30, 2012
Re: Milford Board of Healths 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).
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 ...
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,
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.
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.
Public Health Council bans sales of tobacco products at drug stores,
supermarkets with pharmacies
MassLive.com - 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 ...
urges pharmacy tobacco sales ban
Boston.com - 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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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. ...
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.
of Health is reviewing the potential revisions to its tobacco control
... Wilusz said Pittsfield currently cant prevent someone under
the age of 18 from buying so-called "e-cigarettes," which
deliver the nicotine fix without the tobacco.
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
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 ...
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.
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.
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; ...
board bans cigarette sales in Lowell pharmacies
Lowell (MA) Sun, 2011-11-11
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. ...
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.
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. ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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.
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 ...
dismisses Safeway suit against San Francisco ban on tobacco in stores
Washington Post, 2011-07-15
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. ...
Pharmacies to Stop Tobacco Sales
Patch.com - 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 ...
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 ...
100 Reasons Why CVS Should Stop Selling Cigarettes
This list was composed by Terence A. Gerace, PhD and John R. Polito,
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. ...
tobacco sales ban pinches neighboring towns
Lowell (MA) Sun, 2011-05-16
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. ...
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 ...
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.
Health Board Narrowly Defeats Pharmacy Tobacco Ban
Patch.com - 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, ...
Supports San Francisco Tobacco Ordinance
PublicCEO.com - 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, ...
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. ...
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 ...
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, ...
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. . . . ...
council postpones vote on restricting tobacco sales
Worcester (MA) Telegram & Gazette, 2011-03-30
Nick Kotsopoulos TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF
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
TO NO LONGER BE SOLD IN PHARMACIES BEGINNING APRIL 1
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 ...
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. ...
ban on smokes outlined
O'Brien's plan going to council
Worcester (MA) Telegram & Gazette, 2011-03-27
Nick Kotsopoulos TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF
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. ...
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. ...
Health Board Might Ban Tobacco Sales At Pharmacies
Patch.com - 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 ...
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. ...
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. ...
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
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...
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." ...
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 ...
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 ...
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. ...
Fall River City Council will tackle budget transfers, tobacco sales
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. . . . ...
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
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
They said they couldnt make those kinds of decisions, Nixon remembered.
But theyd 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 towns smoking regulations, a public
hearing will be held. ...
River considers banning tobacco sales in pharmacies
Turn to 10.com - 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 ...
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 ...
Promoting Health ... or Cancer?
Change.org, 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
Ryan Madanick, a gastroenterologist who specializes in esophageal diseases,
wonders the same thing. He started a petition on Change.org 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
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 offices 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 towns 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 ...
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
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 ...
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
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 peoples
Board of Health members reopened Walpoles 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 hasnt
received complaints from the businesses about the new regulations ...
on Saskatchewan pharmacies selling tobacco products pushed back to April
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 provinces 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
A lot of pharmacies have to change the design of the store and
were giving the time to do that, McMorris told reporters
Monday at the Hilton Garden Inn. ...
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 ...
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.
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. ...
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
"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.
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.
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
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.
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. ...
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
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
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 ...
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 ...
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, Everetts public
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
Suit Over San Francisco Tobacco Ban Revived (Update1)
(Updates with history of sales ban in second paragraph.)
Business Week/Bloomberg, 2010-06-08
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
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. ...
CO. v. CITY AND COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO
Leagle.com - June 9, 2010
What must be decided here is whether the legitimate objectives of discouraging
smoking and avoiding the suggestion that a health care purveyor approves
Justices Wonder: Is Walgreens a Grocery Store?
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. ...
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
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.
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. ...
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. ...
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 HealthyPharmacies.org
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
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
"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. ...
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
Launching HealthyPharmacies.org, 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. ...
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 ...
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
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. ...
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
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."
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, ...
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
Let's hope that other cities and counties will quickly take action and
follow San Francisco's lead. ...
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
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
"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." ...
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 ...
Tobacco Sales Ban Hits Ninth Circuit
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. ...
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
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. ...
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. ...
Perspective: Needham decision to ban cigarette sales in pharmacies sets
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
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. ...
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 Birds Hill Pharmacy on Great Plain
Avenue hasnt sold cigarettes in years. ...
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. ...
Consortium files amicus brief in first impression tobacco ...
William Mitchell College of Law March 31, 2009
William Mitchells 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 Franciscos
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 citys approximately 60 drug stores.
Philip Morris, the nations largest tobacco company, immediately
appealed the order. The appeal before the Ninth Circuit could take months
The Legal Consortiums 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 Bostons new pharmacy ban, and several professors
at the University of California at San Francisco, School of Pharmacy.
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. .
Bans Cigarette Sales In Drug Stores
WBBM, February 9, 2009
(CBS) Boston will become the nations second city to ban the
sale of cigarettes by pharmacies on Monday, as new rules approved by
the citys 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
In 10 years, all smoking bars in Boston should be gone,
Dr. Barbara Ferrer, the commissions executive director, tells
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.
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.
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.
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.