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28 attorneys general ask five retailers to drop tobacco products

Posted Mar 17, 2014 9:53 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Twenty-eight attorneys general on Sunday sent letters to five major retailers that sell prescription drugs asking them to drop sales of tobacco products.

The letters were sent to Walmart, Rite Aid, Walgreen, Kroger and Safeway, report the New York Times and Reuters. “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 letters say.

The letters say the retailers should follow the example of CVS, which announced in February that it is ending sales of tobacco products.

The group of attorneys general was led by Eric Schneiderman of New York and Mike DeWine of Ohio.

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