In the future, it may be a harder to purchase cigarettes as more retailers drop them and as officials in a few states look to ban the sale of all tobacco products in drugstores. For instance, the city of San Francisco has a proposal being reviewed by the city board that many believe will be put in place that will ban the sale of all tobacco products in October 2008. There are also bills like this  pending in New Hampshire, Illinois, Tennessee and New York.

What do you think about this?

Is is the beginning of a new movement that will affect the industry?

Do you buy tobacco products at the drug store? Supermarket?

Or is this a good idea that’s time has been long overdue?

How will this affect you?  


#1 Johnie Jay on 05.23.08 at 12:39 AM

Actually I see the grocery & drug stores not fighting a move like this as in a lot of the areas where folks are making these decisions it’s probably a good financial decision. High taxes & low volume have to be serious concerns in states like NY especially near the indian reservations. I can only imagine losing a few cartons to a bad employee each week would make selling cigarettes a losing proposition. I know a lot of retailers probably have just given up.

#2 Jersey Guy on 05.23.08 at 1:38 PM

Johnie your on target as Shop Rite in NJ discontinued cigarettes in 5 or 6 locations. Business decision is understandable.

#3 CIG GUY on 05.31.08 at 10:49 AM

Just amazes me how many states use tobacco as a cash stream to right their inability to perform probably but want to kill it. What business would ever think of doing something like this? A failed business. I too understand why a drug store or supermarket in states like New Jersey & New York would just go “cold turkey”.

#4 Patriot on 06.03.08 at 12:40 AM

Pretty interesting but isn’t there even a more serious threat to the industry called FDA regulation which will allow for local governments to put in place laws that out tobacco entirely? Why is no one bringing this issue up?

#5 John Rolfe on 06.12.08 at 2:21 AM

I suspect that sales bans will follow local smoking bans with localities ultimately realizing that such bans push sales into neighboring localities and alternative points of sale. Discount outlets will become increasingly important in this battle even as c-stores cap out at about 146,200 outlets nationwide.Canadian pharmacies are increasingly out and grocery in the US has been moving this way for some time now especially those with no “store within the store.”

#6 Walter Raleigh on 06.23.08 at 9:51 PM

Interesting thought process here as I can see drug stores finally walking away from cigarettes as inventory costs continue to skyrocket and volume continues to decline. Prime retail space is used to merchandise cigarettes that could be used for higher margin items that generate more profit to the bottom line.

#7 CIG GUY on 06.29.08 at 2:29 AM

Looks like the NY legislative body has it figured out as they are going to pay locations money for lost sales due to their closeness to native tobacco locations. I wonder though where will they get that money from? They continually can’t balance a budget so what’s this all about? Sure glad I don’t live in that state!

#8 SMOKEY on 07.08.08 at 4:49 PM

It looks like I will have to start growing tobacco in my back yard. This is really getting out of hand!

#9 RENEGADE on 07.21.08 at 9:40 PM

I was in Virginia last week traveling and actually found myself able to still smoke in a restaurant. And every where I went I saw tobacco shops selling a whole bunch of cigarettes. Felt good to not be an outcast!

#10 NWTobacco on 08.01.08 at 11:34 PM

San francisco outlawed drugstores from selling tobacco over the past few days!

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