Effective Monday, New York State will not allow pharmacies to sell tobacco.
“It really solidifies our public health message,” said Annalisa Rogers, Director of the Smoking and Health Action Coalition. She spoke with RochesterFirst.com about the change. “Stores that sell products designed to heal people shouldn’t also be selling products that are a detriment to their health.”
The law ensures that pharmacies will not be able to sell cigarettes, tobacco, or e-cigarettes.
Health advocates have pointed out the contradiction for a number of years.
Many pharmacies have moved away from selling tobacco products over the last two years.