Push to Get Tobacco Out of National Stores

Push to Get Tobacco Out of National Stores

     NEW YORK (WENY) -- Twenty eight state attorney generals, including Eric Schneiderman from New York, are calling on five national stores to stop selling tobacco products.

     They wrote letters to Walmart, Walgreens, Rite Aid, Safeway and Kroger asking them to remove all tobacco products.  Many of them also praised CVS for its recent decision to stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products in its stores nationwide.

     Schneiderman says getting tobacco off the shelves would make Americans healthier and provide an added boost in keeping cigarettes out the hands of kids and teens.

     "The fact that these stores profit from the sales of tobacco products is completely inconsistent with their efforts to expand their role as healthcare providers as people who are about preventing injury and curing illness, not causing it," Schneiderman said.

      The attorney general says he is confident at least one of the five national stores will take tobacco products off its shelves.  He did not specify which one.