Many years ago, I asked the manager at a local chain pharmacy why they sold cigarettes. His response? “Umm…I don’t know.”
I would venture to say that most managers don’t know the answer to that either. Do you? I certainly don’t. I would love to say that it is because tobacco products are big moneymakers for pharmacies, but tobacco products account for less than 1% of these stores’ profits.
Pharmacies are charged with promoting the health of their patrons. Tobacco certainly does not contribute to this mission. They sell smoking cessation aids, like nicotine gums and patches, yet these products are frequently placed directly next to the products they are trying to replace.
A few cities in the US have already prohibited tobacco sales in pharmacies, but they are in the great minority.
We can finally do something about it. Click on this link (or go to http://www.change.org/petitions/tell-pharmacies-to-stop-selling-tobacco-products) and sign my petition to tell pharmacies that you want them to stop selling tobacco products. I have a goal of 10,000 signatures by Independence Day. Please help me get there and tell companies like CVS and Rite Aid to make sure all of their stores stop selling tobacco.