encourages member pharmacists to consider refraining from selling
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[November 20, 2008]
ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Recognizing
Thursday as the 33rd Great American Smokeout sponsored by the
American Cancer Society, the National Community Pharmacists
Association House of Delegates approved a resolution asking its
pharmacist members consider refraining from selling tobacco products
in their pharmacies.
"Community pharmacies are renowned for helping their patients to
maintain good health, and the use of tobacco products is an
unhealthy and potentially deadly habit," said Bruce T. Roberts, R.Ph.,
executive vice president and CEO of the association. "While NCPA
recognizes the need for these small-business pharmacy owners to make
autonomous decisions regarding the stocking of tobacco products, as
health care providers in their communities, we encourage them to
consider offering healthier alternatives to their patients."
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
cigarette smoking alone causes 20 percent of all deaths per year and
costs the United States over $150 billion a year in health care
costs and loss of productivity; for smokeless tobacco users, the
risk of cancer to the cheek and gum is nearly 50 times greater than
for nonusers. Recently the city of San Francisco banned the sale of
cigarettes in pharmacies, and more cities are expected to do so in
"In a recent survey, nearly 70 percent of our members
said they moved away from the sale of tobacco product in their
stores," said Roberts, "and we believe this to be an increasing
trend among independent community pharmacies."
At its 110th annual Convention and Trade Exposition, held Oct.
11-15, in Tampa, Fla., NCPA's House of Delegates passed a resolution
on the sale of tobacco in pharmacies and resolved that any law or
regulation prohibiting the sale of tobacco products apply to all
entities operating a pharmacy.
The National Community
Pharmacists Association represents America's community
pharmacists, including the owners of more than 23,000 community
pharmacies, pharmacy franchises and chains. Together they represent
an $84 billion health care marketplace, employ over 300,000
full-time employees and dispense nearly half of the nation's retail
[Text from file received from
the National Community Pharmacists