DeWine leads push to stop pharmacy tobacco sales

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WDTN) – Ohio Attorney Mike DeWine is leading efforts to get pharmacy chains to stop selling tobacco products.

He and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman sent letters to CEOs of Walmart, Walgreens, Rite-Aid, Safeway and Kroger. They asked them to remove all tobacco products from their shelves.

DeWine says the move is a good way to keep tobacco products out of the hands of children.

“My fellow attorneys general and I are asking these national retailers to take an additional step forward in keeping tobacco products away from youth by voluntarily not selling them in their stores with pharmacies,” said Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. “The health of our kids is just too important.”

CVS announced in February that it will no longer sell tobacco products in its store beginning in October.

It says the decision is based on promoting a healthy lifestyle. The company says it will lose an estimated $2-billion in tobacco revenue.

Tobacco related disease is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. It caused 480,000 deaths in 2013 alone.

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