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.

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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