Magazine article Drug Topics

Law Bans Tobacco in Pharmacies

Magazine article Drug Topics

Law Bans Tobacco in Pharmacies

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Larry Rosen has been called "a murderer and a killer." is crime: selling cigarettes and fighting for the right to continue to so. Rosen is a pharmacist in Canada's Ontario Province, which on Jan. 1 is scheduled to implement a ban on the sale of tobacco products anywhere prescription drugs are dispensed. All vending machine sales of cigarettes also would be prohibited.

Rosen, a partner in five Sav-on Drug pharmacies in the Toronto area, is ready to file a lawsuit to block the new law as soon as regulations are published. He told Drug Topics that more than 600 pharmacists have given financial or written support to the committee he formed to fight the law, some of it coming from those who do not sell tobacco but oppose further government regulation of their business. About half of the province's 2,400 pharmacies currently sell cigarettes and other tobacco products.

Rosen said that tobacco sales vary in his five stores, ranging between 7% and 22%. He cited a study by the accounting firm of Coopers & Lybrand that found for every $1 spent on tobacco a customer spends 35 cents on other nonprescription items. …

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