Local Efforts To Remove Tobacco From Pharmacies

“Legislation that bans tobacco sales in pharmacies allows pharmacists to fulfill their role as health care providers by ending the anachronism of cigarettes being sold in the same establishment. Lawmakers and council members have introduced such legislation in cities as well as at the state level.”    Information Found at Tobacco Free RX .  **Thank You**

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Richmond, CA – Ordinance no. 38-09 N.S. was introduced October 20, 2009, passed November 17, 2009 and went into effect January 1, 2010.

San Francisco:
Ordinance 194-08 was introduced on April 29, 2008, finally passed on August 5, 2008, was signed by Mayor Gavin Newsom on August 7, 2008, and went into effect October 1, 2008.

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted September 21, 2010 to expand the ban to apply to both grocery stores and “big box” stores that operate pharmacies.

Media coverage:

San Francisco Granicus See Video from date 9/13/10

San Francisco Gate – July, 30 2008 Board passes Tobacco Ban in Pharmacies by Wyatt Buchanan 

San Francisco Gate –  September 21, 2010 Board to vote on Expanding Ban of Tobacco Sales


British Columbia and Manitoba are the only Canadian provinces that still allow tobacco sales in pharmacies.  All other provinces have banned these sales.  The latest is Saskatchewan; the ban was part of the Tobacco Control Act of 2010 and went into effect on April 1, 2011.

District of Columbia

The DC Board of Pharmacy was asked on August 5, 2010 to recommend that sales of tobacco products be banned in any establishment in Washington, DC that contains a pharmacy.

The CVS Sells Poison Project is directed by Terence A. Gerace, Sr, PhD.  Members of this group have demonstrated at CVS pharmacies in Washington, DC almost fifty times since May 20, 2010.


State Representative Marlow H. Colvin introduced HB6149 on February 11, 2010 in the 96th General Assembly of the Illinois state legislature. The bill would prohibit tobacco sales in hospitals, clinics, and pharmacies. State Rep. Harry Osterman (D-Chicago) and Constance A. Howard (D-Chicago) are co-sponsors.

A tobacco-free pharmacy bill was also drafted by the Illinois State Medical Society in 2008.

Media coverage: Chicago Talks  March 19, 2010 New law in Illinois would remove cigarettes from drug stores


Boston, MA – A ban on tobacco sales in health care institutions in Boston (including retail institutions that operate or containing pharmacies) was approved on December 11, 2008 and went into effect February 9, 2009.
Media coverage:
Boston News Health Blog 2009

Everett, MA – On May 24, 2010 the Board of Health voted unanimously to ban the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies. This went into effect on June 15, 2010.



Fall River, MA   The Fall River City Council voted on March 22, 2011 to approve a ban on the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies and educational establishments.

Framingham, MA – In August 2009, the Board of Health considered placing a town wide ban on cigarette sales inside Framingham pharmacies.

Lancaster, MA  The sale of tobacco products in health care institutions including pharmacies has been banned.   See related story.

Needham, MA – The Board of Health voted on July 14, 2009 to approve the ban of tobacco sales in pharmacies; the ban went into effect Oct. 1, 2009.

Newton, MA – On November 15, 2009, the Board of Aldermen approved, by an 18-3 vote, a ban forbidding pharmacies from selling tobacco products.
Southborough, MA  On December 15, 2010, the Southborough Board of Health voted unanimously to ban the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies in Southborough.   Members of the Southborough Board of Health include physicians

Uxbridge, MA – The Uxbridge Board of Health passed an ordinance that bans the sale of tobacco in pharmacies; these regulations went into effect July 7, 2009.

Walpole, MA – Board of Health members will consider whether to ban tobacco sales in pharmacies in Walpole. Walpole resident Dr. Joseph Dorsey presented the topic to the Board of Health at their meeting on February 23, 2010.

Westford, MA – The Board of Health has planned a public hearing in August 2010 as it considers banning the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies.

New Hampshire
A bill introduced in 2007 in the New Hampshire State Legislature would have limited the sale of tobacco products to state liquor stores. HB 834-FN-A was introduced on January 31, 2007, in the 2007 session; the last status date was March 6, 2007.

New York

Click here for statistics from 2010 on the percentage of pharmacies in New York State that sell tobacco.

Find sample resolutions for local and state organizations on www.tobaccofreeNYS.org .

Nassau County Health commissioner Dr. Maria Torroella Carney on November 17, 2010 called on pharmacies to stop selling tobacco products.

Bill A05890 was introduced in 2009 by Assemblyman Sam Hoyt (Dem – Buffalo). This bill would have banned tobacco sales in pharmacies in New York State, but the bill failed to move beyond committee. S01234 was the partner bill.

North Carolina

Ryan Madanick, MD, a gastroenterologist in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, began a petition in February 2011 asking chain pharmacies to stop selling tobacco products.


Tillamook County: The Tillamook County Health Department, as one of its specific public health objectives in 2011, plans to pass an ordinance prohibiting tobacco sales in pharmacies.  See page 19 of their 2010-2013 comprehensive plan

Rhode Island
S.B. 2356 was introduced February 12, 2008, in the General Assembly of the State of Rhode Island, by Senators Perry, Gallo, Pichardo, Miller, and C Levesque.

H.B. 3205, 105th Gen. Assem., Reg.Sess. (Tenn. 2008);
S.B. 3502, 105th Gen. Assem., Reg. Sess. (Tenn. 2008).

West Virginia

Senator Dan Foster (D-Kanawha) introduced Senate Bill 24 before the West Virginia Legislature on January 13, 2010.

The purpose of this bill is to forbid the sale of tobacco products in licensed pharmacies in the State of West Virginia.

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