Contact Us
Make My Homepage

NJ Congressman Fights Against Tobacco [AUDIO]

A New Jersey congressman is pressing ahead with a plan to prohibit the sale of tobacco products in drug stores.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Zero Creatives, Getty Images
Zero Creatives, Getty Images

U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-6th), along with 11 other members of the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, have sent a letter to the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, asking them to no longer sell cigarettes, cigars and other tobacco products.

“Back in February, CVS — which is the country’s largest drug store chain in terms of overall sales — announced that it planned to stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products by October of this year,” Pallone said. “So I’m basically asking the other chain drug stores to do the same.”

He said it just doesn’t make sense to sell tobacco in these stores.

“Pharmacies and chain drug stores, basically their purpose really is to improve people’s health,” Pallone said. “It’s inconsistent, if you will, to be selling tobacco because it’s dangerous to people’s health. The pharmacies are supposed to be a place where people get better; it’s not where they get things that make their health worse.”

Pallone also said it’s no coincidence that tobacco companies continue to try and portray smoking as something that’s cool so they can attract younger people to try tobacco.

“I have no doubt,” he said, “that the tobacco companies depend upon that, in hopes that they will have someone who will continue to smoke for the rest of their lives.”

Best of NJ101.5

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for New Jersey Insiders quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive New Jersey Insiders contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.