NY: Keep Tobacco out of Albany County Pharmacies

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Remove tobacco from our pharmacies

Dear [Decision Maker],

As a resident of Albany County, I am writing to urge you to pass legislation to ban the sale of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, in pharmacies.

It is well-known that easy access to a product encourages its use. Pharmacies are in the business of helping make people healthier. They should not be pushing a product that can lead to addiction and make people sick. Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of death and disease in New York, killing over 28,000 New Yorkers a year. Pharmacies are places where people go to purchase the medications they need to treat and cure disease.

Pharmacists are some of the most trusted health care professionals and important members of the health care team. Consumers frequently turn to pharmacists for medical information and advice. For 40 years, the American Pharmacists Association has held the same position: "The mass display of cigarettes in pharmacies is in direct contradiction to the role of a pharmacy as a public health facility."

Despite enormous progress in reducing smoking, tobacco use remains the number one preventable cause of death in the United States and costs New York about $10.4 billion a year in health care expenses. By going tobacco-free, pharmacies and other retailers can play a critical role in protecting our children and saving lives.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]