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Attorneys general call on top U.S. retailers to drop tobacco products
Reuters ^ | Mon Mar 17, 2014 12:16pm EDT | Phil Wahba

Posted on 03/18/2014 8:00:28 PM PDT by Olog-hai

A group of 28 U.S. attorneys general is urging chief executive officers of five major retailers, including Walmart, to stop selling tobacco products, saying it is contradictory to carry such items in stores that also provide health care services.

The companies receiving a letter on Sunday from the group were Wal-Mart Stores Inc, supermarket operators Kroger Co, Safeway Inc, which operate pharmacies, and drugstore chains Walgreen Co and Rite Aid Corp. …

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Chit/Chat; Health/Medicine
KEYWORDS: activism; attorneysgeneral; nannystate; tobacco
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1 posted on 03/18/2014 8:00:28 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

here’s a thought, let the attorney generals concetrate on ILLEGAL drugs and CRIME and quit trying to be my mother.


2 posted on 03/18/2014 8:01:57 PM PDT by Shadowstrike (Be polite, Be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.)
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To: Shadowstrike

Amen!


3 posted on 03/18/2014 8:02:36 PM PDT by doc1019
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To: Olog-hai


4 posted on 03/18/2014 8:05:02 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: Olog-hai

Cigarette taxes are a major source of revenue for many states so banning their sales will likely mean lower tax revenues and the need to raise taxes elsewhere including on non smokers. Minnesota has dramatically raised cigarette taxes to partially fund a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings and is already struggling as cigarette tax revenues are less than expected.


5 posted on 03/18/2014 8:08:14 PM PDT by The Great RJ
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To: Shadowstrike

Maybe they could even concentrate on illegal aliens, too.

That would give them plenty to do. They obviously have a lot of time on their hands.


6 posted on 03/18/2014 8:08:18 PM PDT by basil (2ASisters.org)
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To: Olog-hai

I can already see where these scumbags are going with this. They want to set up cigarette shops like the pothead shops in WA and
CO and then “tax the hell” out of cigarettes they way they are taxing the potheads.


7 posted on 03/18/2014 8:08:23 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Communism kills!!!)
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To: Olog-hai

IS IT LEGAL???? IF IT IS,JUST SHUT THE HELL UP!!!!!


8 posted on 03/18/2014 8:08:58 PM PDT by Cheapskate (Play loud and carry BIG sticks!)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

LOL, to bad. The local reservation already beat them to it.


9 posted on 03/18/2014 8:09:56 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (This is not just stupid, we're talking Democrat stupid here.)
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To: Olog-hai

These AGs must really hate choomer puffers.

Unless they’re hypocrites.


10 posted on 03/18/2014 8:14:58 PM PDT by Rockpile
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin

Right! And smokes are sacred on them sovereign nations! LOL!


11 posted on 03/18/2014 8:15:22 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Communism kills!!!)
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To: Olog-hai

How about alcohol? If they are successful in this asinine demand, how long will it take until they use the same “logic” to demand they stop selling candy,bread,and meats,


12 posted on 03/18/2014 8:15:39 PM PDT by WP Lonestar (No matter where you go, there you are)
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To: Eric Blair 2084

Ping.


13 posted on 03/18/2014 8:16:46 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: WP Lonestar

I don’t think they want to do a rehash of Prohibition. They’ll need to keep the soma and Victory Gin flowing, the worse they make the economy . . .


14 posted on 03/18/2014 8:17:00 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: basil

well now there you go talking sense.

How do you sleep at night?


15 posted on 03/18/2014 8:17:28 PM PDT by Shadowstrike (Be polite, Be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

> A group of 28 U.S. attorneys general

Thanks Olog-hai.


16 posted on 03/18/2014 8:18:54 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Olog-hai

Why don’t they pressure all retailers to stop selling tobacco? Why don’t they outlaw possession? Something to think about.


17 posted on 03/18/2014 8:20:33 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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To: Olog-hai

Why not urge them to stop selling knives and hammers. Both of those have caused the deaths of many Democrats. How about all those OTC drugs....abuse of most anything can cause death. Eating too much broccoli would probably kill most people - ban broccoli now!


18 posted on 03/18/2014 8:23:49 PM PDT by Rembrandt (Part of the 51% who pay Federal taxes)
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To: Olog-hai

I don’t smoke, so o can sign a executive order and watch smokers become politically active. New voters for the right. Ever see a smoker forced to stop? They can be mean.


19 posted on 03/18/2014 8:25:08 PM PDT by Linda Frances (Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness.)
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To: Rembrandt

They are reminding me of Britain in the 1970s, who were getting very ban-happy.


20 posted on 03/18/2014 8:25:19 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Shadowstrike
here’s a thought, let the attorney generals concetrate on ILLEGAL drugs and CRIME and quit trying to be my mother.

Just wait til Hillary becomes the Mother-in-Law in Chief

21 posted on 03/18/2014 8:28:25 PM PDT by digger48
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To: Linda Frances

Yes; I’ve got plenty in my family. My parents were able to stop by exercising willpower, I have to say, by contrast to my age-peers in my family.


22 posted on 03/18/2014 8:29:07 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai
Schneiderman and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine led a group of 28 states and territories, including Arizona, Connecticut, Illinois, Puerto Rico and Guam calling for the change.

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23 posted on 03/18/2014 8:29:35 PM PDT by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

I heard the CO tax on pot is 25%

Indiana already gets about 20% of the price of cigs


24 posted on 03/18/2014 8:31:03 PM PDT by digger48
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To: Shadowstrike

I didn’t see a list of the states these AGs are in. All blue, I’d expect.

Boycott those states.


25 posted on 03/18/2014 8:36:35 PM PDT by Boojum
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To: Olog-hai

Go ahead, knuckle under to Big Government.

Next, they’ll tell you which foods you can sell, and demand you only stock sugar-free beverages and no salty snacks and tell you how and when, or not, to vend all your other products.

Mooshelle tried that with school lunches, and it didn’t go over very well.

We have an entire nation stuck on stupid, and the government is niggling over nicotine.


26 posted on 03/18/2014 8:37:36 PM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: Olog-hai

They’ll get my cigar when they pry it from my cold, nicotine stained fingers. :)


27 posted on 03/18/2014 8:39:27 PM PDT by Dalberg-Acton
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To: Olog-hai

The commissariat needs serious wing clipping.


28 posted on 03/18/2014 8:41:03 PM PDT by Psalm 144 (My citizenship is not here.)
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To: Olog-hai

It’s reminding of “Cocteau’s World” in Demolition Man...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMI_26oljqs


29 posted on 03/18/2014 8:41:26 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Olog-hai

Had Enough Yet ?


30 posted on 03/18/2014 8:42:46 PM PDT by S.O.S121.500 (Had Enough Yet ? ........................ Enforce the Bill of Rights ......... It's the LAW !!!)
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To: Boojum
AZ is Tom Horne, a GOPe.

He's in on the action. Linky.

31 posted on 03/18/2014 8:47:35 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: Olog-hai

Just curious, but I wonder about the state these AG’s represent and how dependent they and their programs have become on tobacco product taxes and just how they expect to replace those funds?


32 posted on 03/18/2014 8:54:56 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: Olog-hai
...saying it is contradictory to carry such items in stores that also provide health care services.

The junk food and alcohol can stay, however.

33 posted on 03/18/2014 8:57:55 PM PDT by PaulCruz2016
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To: TLI

I though that Guam flipped over a while back!?


34 posted on 03/18/2014 9:18:44 PM PDT by mabarker1 (Please, Somebody Impeach the kenyan!!!!)
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To: PaulCruz2016
The junk food and alcohol can stay, however.

Well for now anyway. Likely this is just the opening salvo.

35 posted on 03/18/2014 9:21:02 PM PDT by uncitizen (Impeach the Communist Already!)
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To: The Great RJ

“Minnesota has dramatically raised cigarette taxes to partially fund a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings”

What’s wrong with this statement?

Where to begin?


36 posted on 03/18/2014 9:33:39 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: Olog-hai

Near Danville,IL

37 posted on 03/18/2014 9:45:42 PM PDT by Boojum
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To: Cheapskate

AMEN!!! You can’t demand somebody stop selling something that’s legal. Stupidity reins supreme.


38 posted on 03/18/2014 9:46:59 PM PDT by ASouthernGrl (BHO sucks - literally or metaphorically, you decide.)
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To: Olog-hai

I suggest that 28 attorney’s general take a vacation and fly Air Malaysia.


39 posted on 03/18/2014 10:29:09 PM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: The Antiyuppie

Will cigarette smokers get a discount on Vikings season tickets?


40 posted on 03/18/2014 10:30:57 PM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: Olog-hai

Will they also call on the Justice Department to also drop a cigarete “Holder”?

Bad attempt at a bad joke, i.e. Holder.


41 posted on 03/18/2014 11:10:09 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: Olog-hai
A group of 28 U.S. attorneys general is urging chief executive officers of five major retailers, including Walmart, to stop selling tobacco products, saying it is contradictory to carry such items in stores that also provide health care services.

42 posted on 03/18/2014 11:22:38 PM PDT by Bratch
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To: Olog-hai

I quit smoking 5 years ago. Never thought that I’d be able to quit. But the “government” has no business telling private companies what they should be selling. And do these lawyers not know how much taxes their states bring in from tobacco sales?


43 posted on 03/18/2014 11:29:22 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: Boojum
I didn’t see a list of the states these AGs are in. All blue, I’d expect

The article mentions the group being led by former Republican senator from Ohio, Mike DeWine.

Ohio just keeps getting worse.

I'm not laughing at those people stuck in California anymore, I'm rooted in Ohio and I don't want to leave.

44 posted on 03/18/2014 11:39:50 PM PDT by j. earl carter
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To: Olog-hai

Do “My people” menthol cigs count?


45 posted on 03/19/2014 1:29:15 AM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: Olog-hai

Government cutting of the hands that feed them not to bright.


46 posted on 03/19/2014 1:58:56 AM PDT by bikerman
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To: bikerman

God, how I hate this meddling, intrusive, evil government.


47 posted on 03/19/2014 2:59:15 AM PDT by pallmallman (Q)
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To: Shadowstrike

An AMEN from me!!


48 posted on 03/19/2014 2:59:48 AM PDT by pallmallman (Q)
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To: Olog-hai
I wonder whether any of these states which run lotteries will be dropping that revenue stream.
49 posted on 03/19/2014 3:02:20 AM PDT by pa_dweller (Extremist tea-party-driven hostage-taking legislative arsonist without a life)
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To: Olog-hai

So there must be no murders, rapes or violent attacks happening? Glad we live in such a utopia!/s


50 posted on 03/19/2014 3:31:13 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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