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.
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