Would you like to see pharmacies stop selling cigarettes?

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You’re not alone as attorney general's from 28 states and U.S. territories have written to the chief executives of the major U.S. pharmacy chains asking them to stop selling cigarettes and tobacco products.  New Jersey Attorney General John Jay Hoffman was not among them

 

This follows the decision by CVS Caremark to stop selling tobacco in its stores. Now the chains Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Rite-Aid, Safeway and Kroger are being asked to follow suit. While I see the contradiction of selling something bad for you in a place where your supposed to get the remedies to make you better, I ask ‘Why stop there?”

 

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says pharmacies increasingly market themselves as sources for community health care, sending "a mixed message" by continuing to sell "deadly tobacco products."According to Schneiderman's office, the attributable health care costs of smoking are at least $289 billion annually.

Has anyone figured out the attributable health care costs of processed sugar?

Sugar can damage your heart, cause belly fat and may be linked to cancer production and may effect cancer survival according to Kristin Kirkpatrick M.S., R.D., L.D writing for the Huffington Post.

Should we remove all those products as well? I’ll bet those drink cases will be a lot smaller, not to mention the snack shelves.

I don’t smoke but I know a war on tobacco when I see it. I wonder when the war on sugar will start? Can we as an economy afford both?