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Attorneys General From 28 States Want Retail Giants Not To Sell Tobacco Products


Attorney generals from 28 states and territories argue the major retailers in America should adopt a healthier image by removing from their stores all the tobacco products. They have urged giant retail houses such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Rite Aid Corp., Walgreen Co., Kroger Co. and Safeway Inc. to do so.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said the drug stores and pharmacies are marketing themselves as a source for community health care, but lately they have been sending a mixed message by selling deadly tobacco products.

He added further that these stores should take a back seat and no more earn profit from the sales of tobacco and cigarette. They need to take care of the health of New Yorkers and also the customers across the country.

A letter of the attorneys has been sent to the CEOs of the five companies. However, the letter has not stated any legal actions to be taken if the tobacco products continue to be sold. It also didn’t address the nicotine products and e-cigarettes.

The letter is headed by Schneiderman and Ohio Attorney General Michael DeWine.

Attorney General DeWine said they have asked the retail giants to take additional step in not selling the tobacco products to kids as their health is important too.

The letter has also praised the recent decision of CVS Caremark Corp. to stop selling tobacco products and said other companies too need to follow it.

Earlier this year CVS announced of ending the tobacco sales by October 2014 from all its stores.

Chris Hansen, president of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, said the decision of CVS is courageous, smart decision and right-minded.

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