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Ending the Sale of Cigarettes at US Pharmacies

Frederieke S. van der Deen, BSc, MSc1; Amber L. Pearson, MSc, MPH, PhD1; Nick Wilson, MBChB, DIH, MPH1
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1Department of Public Health, University of Otago, Wellington, New Zealand
JAMA. 2014;312(5):559. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.7560.
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To the Editor Drs Brennan and Schroeder1 are not the first to suggest that selling cigarettes in US pharmacies normalizes smoking by sending the message that smoking “cannot be all that unhealthy” if health-related facilities are selling them. However, paradoxically, an alternative approach to reducing access to tobacco and denormalizing smoking could be to legally limit tobacco sales only to pharmacies (and ban the sales of tobacco products from all other retail outlets). There are several potential advantages of such an approach.


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August 6, 2014
Troyen A. Brennan, MD, MPH; Steven Schroeder, MD
1CVS Caremark, Woonsocket, Rhode Island
2University of California, San Francisco
JAMA. 2014;312(5):560. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.7572.
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