All pharmacies in Dracut, Massachusetts will no longer be selling tobacco products, due to a policy change the Board of Health proposed.

I work at Dracut Hannaford and we are on board with this policy change that starts March 1, 2014. I couldn't be happier that this policy change is occurring because of all the health risks associated with the use of tobacco. I agree with John Collins in his article, "Drugstores in Dracut Cut Tobacco Sales," in that stores with pharmacies are contradicting.

How can we sell tobacco products that are so harmful, but then turn around and aid them with the medications that combat illnesses associated with the use of tobacco? I applaud the town of Dracut in banning tobacco products and hope that many other towns will do the same.

It is a nuisance having to stock and sell over 40 different types of tobacco products at my Dracut Hannaford, and then have to hear from customers at how expensive they are. I am beyond pleased that we are discontinuing tobacco sales.

The use of tobacco harms nearly every organ in the human body, and I hope that with this new policy change, consumers are having second thoughts about smoking.

CHELSEY PACIULAN

Lowell

UMass Lowell student


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