Attorneys general call on top U.S. retailers to drop tobacco products

March 17 Mon Mar 17, 2014 9:48am EDT

March 17 (Reuters) - A group of 28 U.S. attorneys general is urging chief executive officers of five major retailers, including Walmart, to stop selling tobacco products, saying it is contradictory to carry such items in stores that also provide health care services.

The companies receiving a letter on Sunday from the group were Wal-Mart Stores Inc, supermarket operators Kroger Co, Safeway Inc, which operate pharmacies, and drugstore chains Walgreen Co and Rite Aid Corp.

"Pharmacies and drug stores, which increasingly market themselves as a source for community health care, send a mixed message by continuing to sell deadly tobacco products," New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a statement on Monday.

None of the retailers immediately responded to a request for comment.

Schneiderman and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine led a group of 28 states and territories, including Arizona, Connecticut, Illinois, Puerto Rico and Guam calling for the change.

Last month, CVS Caremark Corp, which runs the No. 2 U.S. drugstore chain after Walgreen, said it would stop selling tobacco products at its 7,600 stores by Oct. 1, making it the first national drugstore chain in the United States to take cigarettes off the shelves.

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Comments (3)
drme wrote:
Did they make the same request regarding the dangerous alcohol these chains sell? No? HYPOCRITES!

Mar 17, 2014 10:18am EDT  --  Report as abuse
FloridaNana wrote:
Then shouldn’t they also stop selling processed foods, soda, candy and the like? In the case of Walmart, I’d say they also need to get the fast food chains out of their stores, as well. Or maybe we can all be adults and make our own decisions about what to buy, hmmm?

Mar 17, 2014 1:32pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Scribler wrote:
Ah yes, these stores should also stop selling Round-up and rat poison. Because they sell seeds, fertilizer, pet food, and medicine .

Mar 17, 2014 7:45pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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