Tobacco Free Pharmacies




Reducing the number of stores that sell tobacco makes prevention and cessation efforts more effective by decreasing social acceptability and changing the norm. Advancing Tobacco Free Communities are working with pharmacies and grocery stores to stop selling tobacco products.






  • Tobacco sales in pharmacies raises ethical questions since tobacco is the only consumer product that, when used as intended, will kill at least one half of its long term users.
  • Banning tobacco products from pharmacies and stores containing pharmacies is good public health policy because it reduces the number and location of stores that sell tobacco which will decrease the social acceptability of tobacco and change the social norm of tobacco use.
  • There is overwhelming public support for not selling tobacco in pharmacies.
  • The majority of pharmacist support tobacco-free pharmacist and in 2009 the Pharmacist Society of the State of NY passed a resolution supporting banning the sale of tobacco in pharmacies.
  • Currently 52% of all pharmacies in New York still sell tobacco products.
  • It is time to end tobacco sales at pharmacies in New York State.
  • Learn more about the facts below and contact your local ATFC partners to lend your support.




iconPDFWhy Tobacco Free Pharmacies?
iconPDFPrescription for Change
iconPDFTobacco Free Pharmacies PowerPoint
iconPDFTobacco Free Pharmacies Action Guide
iconPDFOrganizations that support ending the sale of tobacco products


Sample community support materials:


iconPDFSample Resolutions    |   iconPDFTFP Support Postcard




Resources from other States:



iconPDFMunicipal Pharmacy Bans
iconPDFCase Study: Regulating Tobacco Pharmacy Sales



iconPDFPerceptions of San Francisco Ban
iconPDFSan Francisco Ordinance
iconPDFCalifornia Pharmacy Facts



iconPDFOttawa Backgrounder



News Articles / Research on Tobacco-Free Pharmacies:


iconPDFEnding the Sale of Tobacco Products
iconPDFAdvocating for Tobacco Free Pharmacies poster
iconPDFTobacco Sales in Pharmacies: Time to Quit
iconPDFCigarette Bans Do Not Result in Closures
iconPDFTobacco Displays by NYS Licensed Retailers



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