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    Some independent R.I. pharmacies oppose tobacco ban

     

    Michael Rossi, another independent pharmacy owner, told lawmakers that at least 8% of his revenue comes from cigarette sales. Last year, he said, his pharmacy had $1.2 million in cigarette sales. "Tobacco and liquor go hand in hand. If someone's not going to buy cigarettes and alcohol, they're not going to come to us anymore," Rossi said.

    House Corporations Chairman Brian Patrick Kennedy, chairman of the legislative committee considering the bill, said he was sympathetic to independent pharmacies. There are only about 20 independent pharmacies still in business in Rhode Island.

     “These poor guys who have been trying to make a living ended up in many cases having to close their stores because they couldn't make it any longer,” Kennedy said. “So I understand the hardship they’re talking about here, and this places a major hardship on them.”

    See also:

    CVS Caremark to impose surcharges at pharmacies selling tobacco

    Mark Lowery, Editor
    Mark Lowery an Editor for Drug Topics magazine.

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