| March 17
March 17 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
None of the retailers immediately responded to a request for
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
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.