Tobacco in the Pharmacy

Rite aid Pharmacy August 2011

Rite aid Pharmacy- August 2011 Click to ENLARGE


“The stunning, sobering fact is that there are more pharmacies selling cigarettes today than there were 20 and 25 years ago, by virtue of the fact that the 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, Walmart, 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.”


-Dr. Alan Blum

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Pharmacies and tobacco

“ALL PHYSICIANS—and increasing numbers of the general public—recognize the link between cigarette smoking and emphysema, squamous cell carcinoma of the lung, chronic bronchitis, cardiovascular problems, low birth weight, and other disabilities. However, few people realize that the tobacco industry has always tried to associate cigarette smoking with good health. And those who look on cigarette smoking as …

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