Sunday, January 18, 2009

Province bans drug store cigarette sales

From the Airdrie (AB) Echo:
The Government of Alberta has made its next move to curb smoking in the province, banning tobacco sales anywhere that sells pharmaceuticals.

Effective last Thursday, any pharmacies and grocery stores that carry pharmaceuticals are banned from selling tobacco except in gas stations, mall kiosks or separate enclosed spaces.

At the local Super Drug Mart, store manager Steve Martin is packing up what tobacco products he has on hand, and is sending them back to the various vendors.

The new rules will most likely hinder the stores total sales, but Martin says it’s a step forward for pharmacies.

“Being a health store I think it’s a good thing,” Martin said. “It makes conflicts in what we are trying to promote. It will be tough for sales though.” ...more

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