Pharmacies urged to ban tobacco

Pharmacies urged to ban tobacco
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The American Heart Association is pressuring pharmacies to follow the lead of CVS and stop selling tobacco.

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“The public wants this absurd contradiction to come to an end,” CEO Nancy Brown said.

“If you promote health, you should not be in the business of selling products that can lead to addiction and death,” she added.

This comes as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a study Thursday that shows 66 percent of Americans do not want pharmacies selling tobacco, including roughly half of the smokers surveyed.

CVS Caremark stopped offering tobacco products in 2014, forgoing what the company called $2 billion per year in sales.

The American Heart Association pointed to another study that found pharmacies often sell cheaper cigarettes, providing the public with easier access to tobacco.

“It is inconceivable to understand how any business involved in the health care delivery system can continue to sell a variety of tobacco products that are responsible for the deaths of millions of Americans,” Brown said.