Tell Pharmacies to Stop Selling Tobacco Products
  • Petitioned Mike DeAngelis

This petition was delivered to:

Director, Public Relations, CVS
Mike DeAngelis
Rite Aid Board of Directors

Tell Pharmacies to Stop Selling Tobacco Products

    1. Ryan Madanick
    2. Petition by

      Ryan Madanick

      Chapel Hill, NC

February 2014


Ryan Madanick: CVS has just announced that they will stop selling tobacco products! Maybe the petition was the reason, maybe not. But still a great day!

Pharmacies are supposed to be dedicated to protecting and promoting the health of their customers.  Yet major chains like CVS and Rite Aid sell cigarettes and other tobacco products, often placing these goods right next to tobacco cessation aids like nicotine gums and patches.  No pharmacy could, in good faith, possibly claim that they are selling these products to protect and promote their patrons' health.  

According to the World Health Organization, tobacco has been responsible for approximately 100 million deaths over the past century, and this number could increase tenfold in the next century.  Despite international recommendations that pharmacies refrain from selling tobacco products, most chain pharmacies continue to keep cigarettes, cigars and other tobacco merchandise on their shelves. Some places in America have already instituted laws prohibiting tobacco sales at pharmacies, but these laws have barely made a dent on the national level.

Take a stand today by sending a letter to CVS and Rite Aid, telling these big chain pharmacies that they need to mandate a stop to tobacco sales in ALL of their stores.  

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 2,500 signatures
    2. Activists Target Tobacco in Pharmacies With 'CVS Sells Poison' Campaign

      Brie Cadman
      Petition Organizer

      Over the course of seven months, a small group of protesters stood in front of various CVS stores in Washington, D.C., holding up signs with a simple yet powerful statement: "CVS sells poison."
      The "poison" is something most of us are accustomed to...

    3. Reached 100 signatures
    4. Pharmacies: Promoting Health ... or Cancer?

      Brie Cadman
      Petition Organizer

      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...

    5. Reached 25 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Chris Dippel BUCKLEY, IL
      • over 1 year ago

      This is like selling cigarettes in a hospital gift shop! Ridiculous

    • Barat Ron DETROIT, MI
      • over 1 year ago

      selling medication/health care products and death in the same location is uncivilized behavior.

      • over 1 year ago

      it's unethical...hyprocracy...kills the small business economy

    • Kathryn Samuelson AMESBURY, MA
      • over 1 year ago

      Pharmacies are for helpful medicine and making our health better, putting tobacco and cigarettes in them doesn't promote health. These products are bad for you and I'm sure that the pharmacy and buyers know this.

    • Daniel Keough ITHACA, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      No doctor is going to prescribe cigarettes to someone---this is a product that when used PROPERLY will likely be a major factor in the cause of your death. So why does a place that sells important medication to cure, sell cigarettes that do kill?


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