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Cigarette sales could soon be banned in pharmacies and some supermarkets in N.J.

Samantha Marcus | September 11, 2019 | NJ Advance Media |


New Jersey could soon bar pharmacies — as well as supermarkets and other retailers with pharmacies on their premises — from selling tobacco products.

CVS Health voluntarily stopped selling cigarettes in its stores nationwide five years ago and Target quit selling them in the 1990s. And a bill (S992) under consideration in the state Legislature would impose a ban on all pharmacies operating in the Garden State.

Corinne Orlando of the American Heart Association on Tuesday told a state Senate committee that given pharmacies’ expansions into retail clinics, it’s contradictory to sell tobacco products in the same setting.