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Indiana AG Says Nix the Cigs

Wednesday, September 30, 2015  
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Tipalet cigarette ad Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller has signed onto a letter sent by AGs to national retail chains asking them to stop selling tobacco products. The letter requests that Walgreens (which also operates Duane Reade stores) and Rite-Aid, as well as the pharmacies at Kroger, Safeway and Walmart, follow the lead set by CVS Caremark on February 5 by voluntarily removing all tobacco products from shelves. According to the National Association of Convenience Stores, convenience stores account for 85 percent of the cigarettes sold by food, drug and mass merchants. Drug stores account for 4 percent, while supermarkets account for 11 percent, said Bonnie Herzog, a Wells Fargo Securities tobacco and retail analyst. Zoeller had already signed onto a letter seeking e-cigarette regulations from the FDA last fall. In the Mile High state, Colorado's Attorney General John Suthers declined to sign the most recent letter saying he didn't want to give the impression his office was telling private business how to operate.

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