Nutter Wants Local Stores To Stop Selling Cigarettes Even Though Schools Benefit

CBS Philly

By Mike Dunn

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Mayor Nutter says there’s no conflict between city schools getting millions from the new $2-a-pack tax on cigarettes, and the Health Department’s effort to convince local stores to stop selling cigarettes.

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Nutter this past week handed out awards to seven local stores, and to CVS, for agreeing to stop selling cigarettes:

“I certainly hope that other businesses will follow these examples and stop selling tobacco products,” Nutter said. “More than 3,000 locations across the city sell tobacco products and 75-percent of retailers are located within two blocks of a school.”

One of the retailers honored at the event was Jian Sheng Chen, who owns a dollar store at 10th and Snyder in South Philadelphia.  He said he became convinced cigarette sales were simply not worth it:

“For long-term, customer lose their health, they get health problems, but we get money.  That’s not fair…

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