Monday, March 17, 2014

U.S. Attorneys General Urge Retailers to Drop Tobacco

Newsmax reports:
A group of 28 U.S. attorneys general has urged Walmart and four other big retailers to stop selling tobacco products, saying they should not be available in stores that provide health care services.

The group sent a letter on Sunday to chief executive officers of 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 Schneider man said in a statement on Monday.

Wal-Mart, Walgreen, Rite Aid and Kroger all said they were reviewing the letter, while Safeway did not respond to requests for comment.

The product is legal, but they are telling a private sector companies on what to sell! No word yet on if the 28 U.S. Attorney Generals suggest states should stop collecting tobacco taxes to fund their budget. What kind of message does this send that tobacco revenue funds public education??