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28 states ask big retailers to halt tobacco sales

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Tennessee's Attorney General has joined more than two dozen others asking major retailers to stop selling tobacco products in stores that sell pharmaceuticals.

A letter was sent to Walmart, Walgreens, Rite-Aid, Kroger and Safeway stores in 28 states last week.

"The message that is being sent by stores that have pharmacies, by selling tobacco products, it's an inconsistent message," explained Tennessee Assistant Attorney General John Sinclair.

He continued, "On one hand you're promoting products to help people's health, and on the other hand you're selling products that are inherently harmful."

Following the decision by CVS Caremark to stop selling tobacco in its stores later this year, the chains Walmart, Walgreens, Rite-Aid, Safeway and Kroger are being asked to follow suit.

"The letters went out the end of last week. So no response yet," Sinclair said.

According to Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, voluntary decisions by national retailers will also help keep tobacco away from minors.

*The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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