NYC pharmacies can’t sell cigarettes starting Jan. 1

New York City pharmacies will not be allowed to sell cigarettes or different tobacco merchandise starting Tuesday.

The Wall Street Journal experiences the ban additionally contains companies that include pharmacies, corresponding to supermarkets and big-box shops.

The metropolis’s well being division says the change will have an effect on about 500 pharmacies presently promoting tobacco merchandise.

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The new guidelines observe a ban on digital cigarette gross sales at pharmacies that took impact in late August.

The proprietor of the St. George Pharmacy on Staten Island says cigarette gross sales had drawn clients who ended up making different purchases. Al Gentile says the federal government should not ban sure shops from promoting tobacco merchandise that may be bought elsewhere.

But a deputy well being commissioner, Sonia Angell, says it is necessary for pharmacies to advertise well being.

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