Should Drug Stores Sell Cigarettes?

I think no. After all, they're in the wellness business.

ETA: They probably should stop selling soda and candy, too. Most of the drug stores in my area are chains (CVS, Wallgreens, Rite Aid). But one place (Skendarian Apothecary) ONLY says traditional drug store products.


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I had a health teacher once bring up how ironic it was that they make sick people walk all the way to the back of the store to get their medicine, but cigarettes are right there when you walk in the door. I'm sure there is a reason why they are like that, but I thought it was interesting.
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Eh, I wouldn't really consider drugstores to be "in the wellness business" with all the stuff they sell these days. I can get almost as much at my local drug store as I can at my grocery store.

I'd rather the state taxed the hell out of cigarettes like they do in NYC. That way your tax dollars could go into a fund to cover your emphysema care, so that my medicare contributions didn't have to pay for it. (I also think they should do the same with alcohol and alcohol-related cirrhosis patients)
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Most "drug" stores aren't so much that as convenience stores around here. RiteAid, CVS, that kinda thing... yeah, they have pharmacies in them, but they also have toys and ish and six miles of greeting cards... none of which is really "wellness" carp.
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I think it's inappropriate and ironic to sell cigarettes in a drugstore, but people have the freedom to make their own choices regarding purchases.
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Meh. Smokers are going to buy them no matter what. Does it really matter if it's at the drug store or at the gas station across the street?

BTW, I was at the liquor store the other day and happened to look on the other side of the counter and saw that cigarettes (Camel brand were what I noticed) are almost $8 a pack. 15 years ago when I was of age to buy them they were less than $2 a pack.
Its illegal in Canada (maybe just Ontario?) for prescription drugs and cigarettes to be sold under the same roof.
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Meh. Smokers are going to buy them no matter what. Does it really matter if it's at the drug store or at the gas station across the street?

BTW, I was at the liquor store the other day and happened to look on the other side of the counter and saw that cigarettes (Camel brand were what I noticed) are almost $8 a pack. 15 years ago when I was of age to buy them they were less than $2 a pack.
Originally Posted by Sigi
Whoa! Where do you live??? Here they are $4.

Eh, I wouldn't really consider drugstores to be "in the wellness business" with all the stuff they sell these days. I can get almost as much at my local drug store as I can at my grocery store.

I'd rather the state taxed the hell out of cigarettes like they do in NYC. That way your tax dollars could go into a fund to cover your emphysema care, so that my medicare contributions didn't have to pay for it. (I also think they should do the same with alcohol and alcohol-related cirrhosis patients)
Originally Posted by newcurly
I admit that I do smoke, although I'm the full time smoker I once was. (I know, excuses excuses.)

When my SO and I first went to NY we were so shocked by the prices. We actually had a competition on who could buy the most expensive pack. 4 years ago, it topped at $8.

I wonder what it is now.

Eh, I wouldn't really consider drugstores to be "in the wellness business" with all the stuff they sell these days. I can get almost as much at my local drug store as I can at my grocery store.

I'd rather the state taxed the hell out of cigarettes like they do in NYC. That way your tax dollars could go into a fund to cover your emphysema care, so that my medicare contributions didn't have to pay for it. (I also think they should do the same with alcohol and alcohol-related cirrhosis patients)
Originally Posted by newcurly
I admit that I do smoke, although I'm the full time smoker I once was. (I know, excuses excuses.)

When my SO and I first went to NY we were so shocked by the prices. We actually had a competition on who could buy the most expensive pack. 4 years ago, it topped at $8.

I wonder what it is now.
Originally Posted by Sarahgrace
In NYC the cheapest ones are about $8, the name brands are $9-9.50. I don't smoke, but I'm always curious to see what people spend on cigarettes - so I keep an eye on it.

In the suburbs the prices start around $7.50 or so.
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Meh. Smokers are going to buy them no matter what. Does it really matter if it's at the drug store or at the gas station across the street?

BTW, I was at the liquor store the other day and happened to look on the other side of the counter and saw that cigarettes (Camel brand were what I noticed) are almost $8 a pack. 15 years ago when I was of age to buy them they were less than $2 a pack.
Originally Posted by Sigi
Actually, a number of my patients have cited the economic crunch combined with the price (a pack a day can run you almost $300 in NY - that's as much as I spend on food and gas in a month!) as reasons for them to explore quitting. I'm not sure it's enough as a solo reason, but when combined with other factors it might just be enough.
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Meh. Smokers are going to buy them no matter what. Does it really matter if it's at the drug store or at the gas station across the street?

BTW, I was at the liquor store the other day and happened to look on the other side of the counter and saw that cigarettes (Camel brand were what I noticed) are almost $8 a pack. 15 years ago when I was of age to buy them they were less than $2 a pack.
Originally Posted by Sigi
Actually, a number of my patients have cited the economic crunch combined with the price (a pack a day can run you almost $300 in NY - that's as much as I spend on food and gas in a month!) as reasons for them to explore quitting. I'm not sure it's enough as a solo reason, but when combined with other factors it might just be enough.
Originally Posted by newcurly


And this is why the Tony Sopranos of the world make a killing buying cigarettes out of state and selling them on the black market in states that tax heavily. Where I live, most smokers drive down to Delaware on a regular basis to buy them cheaper.
Meh. Smokers are going to buy them no matter what. Does it really matter if it's at the drug store or at the gas station across the street?

BTW, I was at the liquor store the other day and happened to look on the other side of the counter and saw that cigarettes (Camel brand were what I noticed) are almost $8 a pack. 15 years ago when I was of age to buy them they were less than $2 a pack.
Originally Posted by Sigi
Whoa! Where do you live??? Here they are $4.
Originally Posted by Sarahgrace
I'm in Anchorage, AK
Meh. Smokers are going to buy them no matter what. Does it really matter if it's at the drug store or at the gas station across the street?

BTW, I was at the liquor store the other day and happened to look on the other side of the counter and saw that cigarettes (Camel brand were what I noticed) are almost $8 a pack. 15 years ago when I was of age to buy them they were less than $2 a pack.
Originally Posted by Sigi
Actually, a number of my patients have cited the economic crunch combined with the price (a pack a day can run you almost $300 in NY - that's as much as I spend on food and gas in a month!) as reasons for them to explore quitting. I'm not sure it's enough as a solo reason, but when combined with other factors it might just be enough.
Originally Posted by newcurly


And this is why the Tony Sopranos of the world make a killing buying cigarettes out of state and selling them on the black market in states that tax heavily. Where I live, most smokers drive down to Delaware on a regular basis to buy them cheaper.
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves
Yeah, I suppose that's possible many places. NYC is a unique beast, since most people don't have cars (although you can never find parking, either, so I'm not convinced that's true). Most people in NYC are pretty thoroughly convinced they'll fall off the face of the earth if they leave the island of Manhattan, too, so there probably aren't too many cigarette-seeking excursions.

My acquaintances did used to beg me to bring them back from my frequent trips to North Carolina. I declined.
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