Should Walmart, Walgreens Stop Selling Tobacco?

A group of attorneys general wants to ban tobacco products from major retailers with pharmacies.

File photo.
File photo.
Attorneys general from 28 states want Walmart, Walgreens, and other major retailers to stop selling tobacco products.

The group wants the ban for stores with pharmacies.

"There is a contradiction in having these dangerous and devastating tobacco products on the shelves of a retail chain that services health care needs," the letter reads.

The group sent the letter to Walmart, Walgreens, Ride Aid, Kroger, and Safeway. It was signed by the attorneys general in New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Maine, and Connecticut.

Mass. Attorney General Martha Coakley didn't sign the letter but agrees with the ban, according to the Boston Herald.

Should Walmart and other major retailers stop selling tobacco products? Share your opinion in the comments.
steve forte March 26, 2014 at 12:28 PM
I grew up in Chelmsford and lived in Westford for yrs. There isn't a smoker I know whop dosnt already drive to NH for their cigs.
mark March 26, 2014 at 03:34 PM
To Deb, the government has enough revenue in income taxes , they need to stop giving it to people on welfare, foreign country's, foreigners immigrating here, pensions and employment for government hacks and then you would see a huge surplus we would have as well as a better quality of life!
Michael Bate March 29, 2014 at 10:52 AM
In fact we need to stop giving our revenue to highly profitable oil companies (in the form of tax breaks); corporations like Walmart who tell their underpaid employees to get aid from taxpayers; and war profiteers who build weapons that we don't need and that don't work, have huge cost overruns.
deb of see-attleboro March 29, 2014 at 11:31 AM
I agree, Michael. I also think an individuals lifestyle choices should not determine tax liability.
Rob C March 29, 2014 at 11:36 AM
Michael, how are we giving money away to oil companies if we are “allowing” them to keep what is theirs? We ARE giving money, by the truckload, to green energy companies because they cannot survive on their own. Are you equally upset about that? One technically doesn’t cost us anything the other actually does. For the record I am for rewriting the tax code with zero loopholes and tax breaks allowed for all and I also oppose all corporate welfare. If a company cannot survive without being propped up by government handouts then it should not be in business to start with.


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