TELL US: Was Ban on Tobacco at Pharmacies the Right Decision?

As of Sept. 1, you won't be able to get a flu shot and cigarettes in the same place; what do you think of this decision?

When it comes to cigarettes and tobacco, Salem is leading the way once again. 

On Tuesday, the Board of Health voted to ban tobacco sales (that includes cigarettes) at pharmacies beginning Sept. 1, according to the Salem News. The outlet reported Salem is the first community in the area to do so. 

Some cited the fact that pharmacies are branded as places of health as a reason to support the prohibition, according to the Salem News.

On April 1, 2001 Salem led the way in the state when it nixed smoking in restaurants,

When the ruling first came down, people thought "It was the end of the world as we knew it," according to Legault.

We want to know — do you agree with the Board of Health's decision to ban tobacco sales at city pharmacies?

Will this decision impact your life?

Take our poll and let us know what you think in the comments. 

JOHN CAHILL July 26, 2012 at 03:44 PM
you vote for them they should be no bars
john July 26, 2012 at 04:08 PM
I quit smoking 25 years ago however smoking is not illegal and I respect a persons right to smoke or do anything else that is not illegal.I also that it is wrong to raise taxes on such things as cigarettes,alcohol and gas as a way to stop people from using them.If we do not stop government intervention,they will soon be telling us how to behave in our own homes.
chester suchecki July 26, 2012 at 04:22 PM
seems to me the board of health does not have enough to do policing restaruants,bars stores,meat departments,apartments,homeless shelters,donut shops,and the list goes on. get off the tobacco kick if your just looking for headlines or a resume boost to move on like the rest of the professionals that come thru salem and leave with fat pockets.
Bill July 26, 2012 at 04:38 PM
By the way, the hypocrisy is that our state collects a tax per pack of $2.51. The state benefits significantly from both smoking and state sponsored gambling in the form of the lottery.
Mike Lash July 26, 2012 at 04:53 PM
I am unable to see the law. however, the minutes show they were presented twice at the meetings. It would be great if the public could see the laws prior to the board voting " for the common good". Salem, it seems, to still be a leader in witch hunting without due process.
KlassySalem July 26, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Mike Lash July 26, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Love to see an edited final copy and not a draft, is it different from the law? But thanks for the link.
kathy July 26, 2012 at 05:31 PM
As a staff pharmacist it has always bothered me to be asked to sell cigarettes to patients. As far as the tax goes maybe those funds should be used to cover states medical care costs which are surely impacted by smoking
aResident July 26, 2012 at 06:15 PM
What's the point in this? The only real difference I see coming from this is more gas being wasted, while driving from the pharmacy to the gas station or convenient store to buy cigarettes. If you are of legal age to purchase a product, why should it matter which licensed business conducts said transaction? It's not the governments place to decide, leave it to the business owners discretion. This law will not stop people from smoking or promote better health, simply because it's not as convenient to buy cigarettes...seems like a waste of time to me By the way I have never smoke a cigarette in my life and never plan to...however I use logic and common sense daily.
chester suchecki July 26, 2012 at 06:48 PM
common sense something that seems to be lacking in city hall and the state house.
john July 26, 2012 at 08:03 PM
In NH they sell booze on the highway,tax free.
Diane H July 26, 2012 at 08:30 PM
not to mention all the hocus pocus diet "aids" that they sell....really, I'm sure those are all healthy! Most don't even have FDA approval! UGH
Diane H July 26, 2012 at 08:31 PM
LOL...excellent point!
Josh Turiel July 26, 2012 at 09:04 PM
True, but in NH the state actually sells you the booze. They don't have to charge tax - they already make all the profit and keep the private sector from making a buck.
john July 26, 2012 at 09:13 PM
My point was only partly about the tax. Drinking and driving is illegal,compared to smoking while doing just about anything is not. Selling alcohol on a highway is much worse than any attempt to limit where a person can buy cigaretts while limiting the private sector from making a buck.
Edward July 26, 2012 at 10:17 PM
If the sale of tobacco products can be considered "interstate commerce", after all, they do come from out of state, only Congress has the power to regulate "interstate commerce", not the City Council or the Board of Health. People are just going to continue to go out of state for their tobacco products, as if they're not already...
Diane Wolf July 26, 2012 at 10:41 PM
Mr. Cahill, I'm not sure I understand what you're trying to say here.
chester suchecki July 26, 2012 at 11:12 PM
the subject here is the salem health agent thinks he is the head of the city council and able to pass a law banning tobbacco sales in pharmacies. by nlaw he does not have this power.
denise wilson July 27, 2012 at 12:36 AM
my only comment is that i am glad i moved out of Salem and the State just too much bull going on all the city government is going to do is piss people off and they will fight back one day.
chester suchecki July 27, 2012 at 01:46 AM
mr health inspector since again you have alot of tim on your hand how about marching those shiney seated pants over to the transfer station and complile a honest and concise report on the condition of the existing wetlands and hills surrounding the transfer station. dont forget to take soil and water samples. bring your water testing kit and if its a dry day plenty of good dust masks. a camera would be nice so that you can take pictures of what you have done. all of this is going to be asked for when northside takes over the land and cleans it up. the city should have a record of the mess they made on swampscott road.
Aubry Bracco (Editor) July 27, 2012 at 12:04 PM
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christine July 27, 2012 at 12:27 PM
The fire chief said we can't regulate what stores sell when asked about outdoor burning chimineas being for sale in Salem. How can the Board of health do this. I say BAN the sale of Products that have false advertising You know the ones that Lie. Ban the sale of Lottery tickets some people buy them instead of food.
john July 27, 2012 at 02:10 PM
And bring the building inspector so he can make sure the collapsing building is safe to be open to the public
D W Small August 30, 2012 at 03:09 AM
I would suggest that the Salem Board of Health over stepped its authority by ordering any business with a pharmacy to stop selling cigarettes. The basic premise, that the Salem Board of Health knows better than we do ourselves what is good for us and what is bad for us in this instance, is just down right ridiculous, dangerous and injurious to local business. This new regulation is dangerous, because it will open a potential flood gate of new regulations, all of which will restrict our freedom to choose with whom we will be able to do business and limit our ability to make decisions that effect our own lives. Note that these regulations will have little to do with the supposed "health" benefits that might be derived by the passage of the particular regulation, just as in this case. CVS is one of the local companies that will lose because of this new regulation. I do feel that is an unwarranted and punitive act aimed directly at one of our most successful local retailers. CVS has always demonstrated a responsible selling program for cigarettes and other tobacco products. They also make any number of products designed to help people "kick the habit" available. The people do have the power of the vote. Find out how the members of the Salem Board of Health voted on this regulation. If you agree that they over stepped their authority investigate ways to have this regulation overturned. Vote those members out of office who support this type regulation.
D W Small August 30, 2012 at 03:17 AM
Just curious what this has to with the topic under discussion?
Edward lyman December 12, 2012 at 12:00 AM
But there is a commandment saying thou shall not Kill. Selling a person Cigaretts can definitely kill them. They will caugh up blood, their lungs will fill up with Fluid and they will drown. Mean while the seller will laugh all the way to the bank.
JOHN CAHILL December 13, 2012 at 07:55 PM
if smoking is bad for you have the federal ban tobacco i guess they cant because of money
JOHN CAHILL December 13, 2012 at 09:31 PM
the only reason people or kids smoke because it makes them look tough and stupid
JOHN CAHILL December 15, 2012 at 05:10 PM
JOHN CAHILL December 15, 2012 at 09:30 PM
some people dont have the brains they were born with


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