AG urges 5 retailers to stop selling tobacco

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – More than two dozen Attorneys General are urging major retailers to follow a Rhode Island company’s lead on tobacco.

Five of the nation’s largest retailers with pharmacies: Rite-Aid, Walmart, Walgreens, Kroger, and Safeway, are being asked to follow the example set by CVS to stop selling tobacco products.

In a letter to the retailers Kilmartin wrote, “There is a contradiction having these dangerous and devastating tobacco products on the shelves of a retail chain that services health care needs. The availability of such products in a retail store that also serves as a pharmacy normalizes tobacco use.”

In a separate letter to CVS, Kilmartin commended the company for being the first in the nation to prioritize health by choosing to stop selling cigarettes.

Last month, CVS announced it will eliminate tobacco from its 7,600 retail stores nationwide.

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