CounterTobacco.Org is pleased to announce the release of our newest resource:
This action guide was developed in collaboration with tobacco control stakeholders across the country to help communities prohibit the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies.
Despite the known health risks of tobacco, pharmacies represent nearly 5% of cigarette sales, and while cigarette sales declined nationally by 17% between 2005-2009, cigarette sales increased in pharmacies by 23% during this time.1 However, research shows that pharmacists2-4 and the overall public5-7 overwhelmingly support removing this deadly product from pharmacies. In Massachusetts, over 80 cities and towns have enacted policy to ban tobacco sales in pharmacies. You can learn more about Massachusetts’ success in a new case study, Regulating Pharmacy Tobacco Sales: Massachusetts, from the Center for Public Health Systems Science at Washington University in St. Louis.
Prohibiting the sale of tobacco in pharmacies can be an important piece of a community’s overall point-of-sale tobacco control plan. The Tobacco Free Pharmacies Action Guide provides recommendations and tools to help tobacco control advocates build support and develop a policy to prohibit the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies.