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A Prescription for Health: Tobacco-free Pharmacies

Regulating tobacco sales

Fact Sheet
Tobacco Prevention
Health Care

Pharmacies are where people go for medicine and health care advice. But most pharmacies in this country also sell cigarettes. Given the enormous burden of tobacco use, many health advocates want to see the sale of tobacco products banned in pharmacies.

ChangeLab Solutions developed A Prescription for Health: Tobacco Free Pharmacies to outline the health concerns associated with allowing tobacco sales at pharmacies and shows what local policymakers can do in their communities.

In addition, one way a community can restrict the sale of tobacco products is as part of a tobacco retailer licensing (TRL) law. ChangeLab Solutions has model ordinance language restricting the sale of tobacco products in all retail stores that also contain a licensed pharmacy, which is designed to be “plugged into” a TRL ordinance.