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.
Sample community support materials:
Resources from other States:
News Articles / Research on Tobacco-Free Pharmacies:
Ending the Sale of Tobacco Products
Advocating for Tobacco Free Pharmacies poster
Tobacco Sales in Pharmacies: Time to Quit
Cigarette Bans Do Not Result in Closures
Tobacco Displays by NYS Licensed Retailers
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