Ohio Attorney General Joins Effort To Curtail Tobacco Sales

A group of Attorneys General wants some major retailers to curtail tobacco sales.(Photo: Flickr)
A group of Attorneys General wants some major retailers to curtail tobacco sales.(Photo: Flickr)

Attorneys general from Ohio and 27 other states and U.S. territories have written to the chief executives of major U.S. pharmacy chains urging them to stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products.

Following the decision by CVS Caremark to stop selling tobacco in its stores, the chains Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Rite-Aid, Safeway and Kroger are being asked to follow suit.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says voluntary decisions by the national retailers will also help keep tobacco away from youths.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says pharmacies increasingly market themselves as sources for community health care, sending “a mixed message” by continuing to sell “deadly tobacco products.”

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