Board of Health: Tobacco Sales Banned at Health Care Institutions

Starting on Valentines, you will no longer be able to pick up a pack and a prescription in the same place.


The following article comes from Jackie Doane of the Greater Boston Tobacco-Free Community Partnership.

Concord has become the twenty-fifth community in the state to ban the sale of tobacco products in health care institutions.

On Tuesday, Dec. 20, the Board of Health passed a regulation prohibiting health care institutions, such as pharmacies, hospitals, and health clinics, from selling tobacco. The new regulation will take effect on Feb. 14, 2012. The Board of Health will notify all establishments impacted by the regulation.

Products such as the patch and nicotine gum will continue to be sold at pharmacies as FDA-approved cessation medicines.

“Selling tobacco in pharmacies is detrimental to the public health and undermines the messages of other health professionals that tobacco products are uniquely dangerous,” said Alan Woodward, M.D., chairman of the Concord Board of Health.

Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States and is the only consumer product that, when used as directed, causes illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, smoking accounts for more than 440,000 deaths annually in the U.S. and many more people suffer from chronic conditions, such as heart disease, cancer, and respiratory illnesses. Knowing the endless harms of tobacco use, supporters of the regulation agree that it is incompatible with the mission of a pharmacy or other health care institution to sell these harmful products at the same location.

Boston was the first city in Massachusetts to ban the sale of tobacco in pharmacies three years ago, and today more than 25 percent of the state’s population is covered by such a ban.

For more information about the regulation, please contact Susan Rask, public health director at the Concord Health Department, 978-318-3275, or click here to visit the Greater Boston Tobacco-Free Community Partnership online.

JackE December 23, 2011 at 04:40 PM
Here's my all-time favorite "scientific" study of the the anti-smoking campaign: "Lies, Damned Lies, & 400,000 Smoking-Related Deaths," Robert A. Levy and Rosalind B. Marimont, Journal of Regulation, Vol. 21 (4), 1998. You can access the article for free on the Cato Institute's wesbite, Cato.org. This article neither defends nor promotes smoking. Rather it condemns the abuse of statistics to misinform and scare the public. Levy, by the way taught Statistics for Lawyers at Georgetown University Law School. There is also a popular law school class called How to Lie With Statistics.
JackE December 23, 2011 at 04:40 PM
JOINT STATEMENT ON THE RE-ASSESSMENT OF THE TOXICOLOGICAL TESTING OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS" 7 October, the COT meeting on 26 October and the COC meeting on 18 November 2004. http://cot.food.gov. uk/pdfs/cotstatement tobacco0409 "5. The Committees commented that tobacco smoke was a highly complex chemical mixture and that the causative agents for smoke induced diseases (such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, effects on reproduction and on offspring) was unknown. The mechanisms by which tobacco induced adverse effects were not established. The best information related to tobacco smoke - induced lung cancer, but even in this instance a detailed mechanism was not available. The Committees therefore agreed that on the basis of current knowledge it would be very difficult to identify a toxicological testing strategy or a biomonitoring approach for use in volunteer studies with smokers where the end-points determined or biomarkers measured were predictive of the overall burden of tobacco-induced adverse disease." In other words ... our first hand smoke theory is so lame we can't even design a bogus lab experiment to prove it. In fact ... we don't even know how tobacco does all of the magical things we claim it does. The greatest threat to the second hand theory is the weakness of the first hand theory.
JackE December 23, 2011 at 04:41 PM
Not 1 Death or Sickness Etiologically Assigned to Tobacco. All the diseases attributed to smoking are also present in non smokers. It means, in other words, that they are multifactorial, that is, the result of the interaction of tens, hundreds, sometimes thousands of factors, either known or suspected contributors - of which smoking can be one


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