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 read more

Gazette should get Associated Press back

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion When I moved here from Brooklyn in 1973, I subscribed to The Gazette, as I was used to reading a daily newspaper. The Herald Tribune was my favorite. After its demise, my favorite became The New York Times. For about 40 years, I was delighted by The Gazette for its excellent local and regional coverage and using predominately the Associated Press and United Press International for national and international news. Its editorial page was center-left and always fair and balanced. Recently, apparently in an effort to remain viable, many changes were undertaken, some of which are apparently good with aggressive advertising and modernization of the printing process. The paper reads and looks better. However, a fundamental misstep has occurred with the use of the New York Times and to a somewhat lesser extent, The Washington Post, for almost all of the national and international news. This would seem a positive step for The Gazette to take, but not in these times. The Times isn’t what it was in the ‘50s and ‘60s. In those times, a newspaper had articles and editorials, and the two should never mix. We learned this every Thursday, when our fifth-grade class would read the entire New York Herald Tribune and discuss the articles and editorials in detail. The New York Times articles today aren’t just the facts of where, when and how, but more of why. Articles pretending to be factual are presented with nuances that make it clear that Maggie Haberman or Peter Baker want you to realize that Trump, Republicans or anyone that they don’t agree with are in the wrong. That should be in the opinion page, not disguised in an article. The AP dispatches and articles were always dry and non-controversial, but objective and factual, as well they should be. It pains me to see The New York Times transform itself into a tabloid full of scandals and “gotchas.”I live in the Capital District and I’m tired of so many articles about New York City and its subway system problems. I suggest The Gazette restore use of the AP for some its national and foreign news. It would be a correct step in the right direction for objectivity.Harold HaberNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Puccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Niskayuna girls’ cross country wins over Bethlehemlast_img read more

Sequential test control is critical for retailers

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Planning: Saga approaching conclusion

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Hungary for success

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£1bn Arlington park for Disney

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Glasgow offices: Striking a balance

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Planning: Sunderland has the inside track

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To Shell and back

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Talk of the towns: West End

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