Magazine article Drug Topics

Some Pharmacy Chains Dropping Tobacco Products

Magazine article Drug Topics

Some Pharmacy Chains Dropping Tobacco Products

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Pharmacists pressing to get tobacco products out pharmacies and chain stores that include pharmacies are starting to see results.

Pharmacists tell Drug Topics that at least five Costco outlets in Northern California have stopped selling cigarettes. And Raley's, a large regional grocery chain in California and Nevada, is selectively dropping tobacco products.

Two Raley's outlets in Sacramento, Calif., and one in Reno, Nev., recently removed tobacco products from shelves. Raley's is not planning to pull tobacco sales from all of its locations. Rather, the decision is being made on a store-by-store basis, said Nicole Townsend, the chain's marketing communications director.

AU about demand

Pharmacists are not claiming that they convinced the chains to stop selling tobacco. Nor are the chains crediting pharmacy for the switch. They say it's all about customer demand.

"We are no longer selling tobacco products in three of our stores, as we've noted that fewer customers wanted to purchase those products in those particular stores," Townsend said. "We took at what our customers want to buy, and we were seeing fewer customers buying tobacco products. Those kind of inventory decisions are a store-by-store decision. …

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