Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine wants tobacco out of major pharmacies, away from youth

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine began a national push Monday to get tobacco products off the shelves of major pharmacies around the United States.

With the help of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, DeWine urges pharmacies like Walmart, Walgreens, Rite-Aid, Safeway and Kroger to stop selling tobacco products.

“My fellow attorneys general and I are asking these national retailers to take an additional step forward in keeping tobacco products away from youth by voluntarily not selling them in their stores with pharmacies,” DeWine. “The health of our kids is just too important.”

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A spokesperson for DeWine said Schneiderman believes a retail establishment that provides health care products should not offer "deadly" tobacco products.

More people die from tobacco than from AIDS, alcohol, drug use, car accidents or shootings, the spokesperson said.

DeWine has put time and effort into protecting kids in Ohio from tobacco's consequences. He's backed the FDA in tobacco marketing, regulating e-cigarettes and banning them from buyers under 18 years old.

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