Pharmacies don’t need, want tobacco

first_imgThere are many compelling reasons why ending the sale of tobacco in pharmacies is good policy.Sadly, The Gazette’s Editorial Board (March 29 edition) chooses to restate tobacco industry opposing arguments and ignore the overwhelming support for tobacco-free pharmacies from pharmacists themselves.In 2009, the Pharmacist Society of the State of New York passed a resolution supporting efforts to end the sale of tobacco in pharmacies. The following year, the American Pharmacists Association urged pharmacies to discontinue sales of tobacco products and urged state pharmacy boards to discontinue issuing and renewing licenses of pharmacies that sell these products.  Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Consistently, surveys indicate that more than three out of four pharmacists support legislation ending the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies and more than 86 percent would prefer to work in a pharmacy that does not sell tobacco products.None of the independent pharmacies in Albany County sell tobacco products. Tobacco sales continue in chain pharmacies and large stores containing a pharmacy where corporations, not pharmacists, are making the decisions to put profits above health.No one who is trying to quit tobacco use should see tobacco products placed next to nicotine gum and patches on a pharmacy shelf. Pharmacists know this, but are powerless to change it. We need to help them help their patients.Theresa ZubretskyAlbanyThe writer is the Community Engagement coordinator for Capital District Tobacco-Free Communities.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFeds: Albany man sentenced for role in romance scamlast_img

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