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Report: R.I. bill banning tobacco sales faces backlash


PROVIDENCE, R.I. — On the heels of CVS Health’s decision to pull tobacco from its shelves, a bill sponsored by Rep. Katherine Kazarian, D-East Providence, that would ban pharmacies statewide from selling tobacco products is facing some headwinds from independent pharmacies, according to a local news report.

According to the Providence Journal, independent pharmacies oppose the bill, arguing that they wouldn’t be able to survive without the sales. There are fewer than 20 independent pharmacies in the state.

Meanwhile, health advocates praise the effort. During a hearing Tuesday before the House Corporations Committee, health advocates argued that selling tobacco products and prescriptions under the same roof sends a mixed message.


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