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Illinois Urges Major Retailers to Pull Tobacco from Shelves

U.S. attorneys general say a company that provides health care services shouldn't also sell tobacco products.

By Lauren Traut

A month after CVS pharmacy corporation vowed to stop selling tobacco products by Oct. 1, 28 U.S. attorneys general are calling on others to do the same. 

The group is urging major retailers to yank tobacco products from shelves, calling it contradictory to offer the items in stores that also provide health care services.

Chief executive officers of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Kroger Co., Safeway Inc., Walgreens Co. and Rite Aid Corp. received a letter from the attorneys general Sunday, Reuters reports. 

“Pharmacies and drug stores, which increasingly market themselves as a source for community health care, send a mixed message by continuing to sell deadly tobacco products,” New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a statement on Monday.

Other attorneys general represented in the group included Arizona, Connecticut, Illinois, Puerto Rico and Guam. 

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