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Paradox of cigarette sales in pharmacies focus of new movement
Date:2/5/2014

ion in smoking prevalence has stalled in the past decade, 42 million people continue to smoke, and 16 million current and former smokers suffer from smoking-related illness."

Studies have demonstrated a relationship between smoking and geographic density of stores that sell cigarettes, the authors say, noting that reducing the number of tobacco outlets will likely reduce smoking among young people an additional benefit.

Amid rapid changes on the national health care landscape, pharmacies are increasingly reconfiguring themselves. In addition to selling an assortment of wellness products, many stores now offer counseling by pharmacists, outreach to medical providers, and treatment

Making cigarettes available in pharmacies in essence 're-normalizes' the product by sending the subtle message that it cannot be all that unhealthy if it's available for purchase where medicines are sold," the scientists write. "The argument that pharmacies also sell tobacco-cessation products only heightens the paradox."


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