“The stunning, sobering fact is that there are more pharmacies selling cigarettes today than there were 20 and 25 years ago, independent pharmacies (most of which had stopped selling tobacco products out of concern for their customers’) have largely been overtaken by the large-chain drugstores, notable Walgreen, CVS, Rite-Aid, Wal-Mart, Safeway and Publix. Yet these chains have been oblivious to pleas to stop selling cigarettes even as they describe themselves as partners in health care.”
TobaccofreeRx is an interdisciplinary group of pharmacists, pharmacy school and medical school faculty, pharmacy students, nurses, physicians, attorneys, and health advocates that was organized in 2010 to end the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies.
Their mission is to allow pharmacies to fulfill their role as health-promoting facilities by ridding them of the burden of selling tobacco and tobacco products.
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