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File #: Res 0202-2014    Version: * Name: Calling on large retailers with pharmacies to follow the example set by CVS and to cease selling tobacco products in their retail stores throughout the US.
Type: Resolution Status: Filed (End of Session)
Committee: Committee on Health
On agenda: 4/29/2014
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling on large retailers with pharmacies to follow the example set by CVS and to cease selling tobacco products in their retail stores throughout the United States.
Sponsors: James Vacca, Margaret S. Chin, Vanessa L. Gibson, Corey D. Johnson, Andy L. King, Helen K. Rosenthal
Council Member Sponsors: 6
Res. No. 202
 
 
Resolution calling on large retailers with pharmacies to follow the example set by CVS and to cease selling tobacco products in their retail stores throughout the United States.
 
By Council Members Vacca, Chin, Gibson Johnson, King and Rosenthal
Whereas, Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable, premature death in the United States and New York City; and
Whereas, In the United States, smoking is responsible for about one in five deaths annually or about 443,000 deaths per year; and
Whereas, According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), tobacco use causes more deaths each year than the total number of deaths combined from the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries, suicides and murders; and
Whereas, The American Cancer Society reports that smoking causes more than $193 billion in health-related costs each year, including both medical costs and the cost of lost productivity due to smoking; and
Whereas, Many large retailers with pharmacies have health clinics and dispense vaccinations; and
Whereas, Selling tobacco products in the same stores where health care services are received and medicine is sold arguably sends confusing and mixed messages; and
Whereas, Cigarettes are not sold in pharmacies in other developed countries; and
Whereas, The American Medical Association has passed a resolution opposing the sale of tobacco in pharmacies; and
Whereas, CVS Caremark, the country's largest drugstore chain in overall sales, announced on February 5, 2014 that it planned to stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products by October 2014; and
Whereas, In a February 5, 2014 New York Times article, Larry J. Merlo, chief executive of CVS, stated "We came to the decision that cigarettes and providing health care just don't go together in the same setting"; and
Whereas, Led by New York State Attorney General Schneiderman and Ohio Attorney General DeWine, the Attorneys General of 28 states and territories wrote to the CEOs of five of the largest pharmacy retailers in the country (Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Rite-Aid, Safeway and Kroger) in March 2014 asking them to remove any and all tobacco products from their shelves; and
Whereas, Restricting the availability of these harmful products will reduce their usage and send the message that they are not consistent with health products and services; now, therefore, be it
     Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls on large retailers with pharmacies to follow the example set by CVS and to cease selling tobacco products in their retail stores throughout the United States.
 
 
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