Tobacco-Free Pharmacies: Prescription for Change

Pharmacies are the face of neighborhood healthcare. Americans rely on their neighborhood pharmacies and pharmacists as easily accessible and trusted points of care. And yet, 52% of all pharmacies in New York still sell tobacco products, the only consumer product that, when used as intended, will kill at least one half of its long term users.

Local pharmacy where tobacco product display outsizes stop smoking center 2 to 1.

Pharmacists support tobacco-free pharmacies:

In July 2009, the Pharmacist Society of the State of New York (PSSNY), House of Delegates passed a resolution supporting efforts to end the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies.

Capital Region residents support tobacco-free pharmacies:

72% think pharmacies should not sell tobacco products.
60% think there should be a regulation prohibiting the sale of tobacco in pharmacies.

CVS announces an end to tobacco sales in all their stores!

February 5, 2014 – CVS Caremark acknowledges that the sale of tobacco products is inconsistent with their role as health care provider and announces that they will end the sale of tobacco products in all their stores. They will also launch a national program to help smokers quit. A smart business decision and good for public health. We call that a win-win.

Think CVS did the right thing? Send them an email at and let them know.

You can support the end of tobacco sales in other chain pharmacies, too.

Sign a petition to end the sale of tobacco in ALL pharmacies


Learn More

  • Prescription for Change: New York Pharmacy Facts
  • There is precedent for ending the sale of tobacco in pharmacies. See a list of the municipalities that have already done it!
  • Learn more about state and national efforts at, an interdisciplinary group of pharmacists, pharmacy school and medical school faculty, pharmacy students, nurses, physicians, attorneys, and health advocates organized in 2010 to end the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies.
  • See what we can learn from the first two cities to ban sale of tobacco in pharmacies—San Francisco and Boston—and learn why cigarettes and pharmacies don’t mix at Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights.
  • There’s more to the relationship between tobacco and pharmacies than you might think. Learn more at PR

Organizations in Support (See complete list here)