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Attorney Generals Asking Pharmacies to Stop Selling Tobacco Products.

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RICHMOND (WRIC) - There's a national movement aimed at getting more pharmacies to stop selling tobacco products.

The move comes a month after CVS announced plans it would stop selling tobacco in its more than 7,000 stores.

"I think people need all the encouragement they can not to start to smart smoking," says customer Betssy Maccord.

 "I think it's probably in their best interest not to sell tobacco based on the fact that they're trying to sell drugs and pharmaceuticals to support good health," says customer Vince Jacob. "So it seems like a conflict of interest to some degree."

28 Attorney Generals have signed onto a letter asking places like Walgreens, Rite-Aid and Kroger to remove tobacco products from their shelves, but Virginia's Attorney General Mark Herring is not on the list.

His office responded saying in part:

"Attorney General Herring certainly is supportive of those voluntary actions which help keep tobacco products away from minors. The Office of Attorney General did not feel it was appropriate to tell businesses not to sell a legal product. Even without joining this letter, the Attorney General is committed to protecting public health and keeping tobacco products away from minors."

Meanwhile every company sent a letter said it was reviewing its policies.

Copyright 2014 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond

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