Friday, August 1, 2008

No Cigarette Sales for You

San Francisco has amended its health code to ban the sale of cigarettes in pharmacies. This action which, if voluntary, on the part of the pharmacist/pharmacy might be admirable is ridiculous as an ordinance. Cigarettes will still be for sale in numerous outlets; an exemption was made for certain retailers that had pharmacies located within them such as Safeway; and warehouse stores are also exempted. The UCSF pharmacists and student pharmacists who overwhelmingly support this measure are, in my opinion, going for form over substance. Their desire to reduce smoking is admirable, but this ordinance does little in that regard. In addition, the ethical dilemma that is cited is minimal especially when you consider that many (most?) of the tobacco sales at pharmacies do not occur in conjunction with a pharmaceutical sale.


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