Sean testifies on behalf of bill restricting sale of tobacco products

Sean speaks during Kick Butts Day

Sean speaks during Kick Butts Day

The Joint Committee on Public Health held a hearing today on House Bill 2054.  This bill would prohibit the sale of tobacco products at locations where health professionals are employed.  In addition to being the sponsor of this bill, Representative Garballey, was the first person to testify in support of this bill.  Rep. Garballey opened by stating that “tobacco is the number one cause of preventable death in America.”  With this fact in mind Sean asserted that the sale of tobacco in pharmacies legitimizes the usage of tobacco.  A point shared by other experts, who testified in support, saying that back when hospitals served cigarettes it implied that smoking is not hazardous otherwise they would not be sold at a place that cures people.  The duplicity invoked therefore by purchasing tobacco products at a pharmacy, another place of healing was not lost on those who testified.  Pharmacists should be regarded as the strongest source of public health and is therefore discouraging to sell a product that causes death.  As Sean pointed out, Boston has already approved a citywide ban on the sale of tobacco in pharmacies with little to no outcry against it.  In fact in the general scheme of things relatively low amounts of tobacco products are actually purchased at a pharmacy; therefore we feel prohibiting the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies is a logical and reasonable proposal.

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One Response to “Sean testifies on behalf of bill restricting sale of tobacco products”

  1. Matthew R. Forman Says:

    Seriously, this is one of the dumbest things i have heard in a while. All this will do is take up more of peoples time, and gas, as they just have to make another stop in their busy days. The emissions from starting your car and travel is bad for the environment. Because my Walgreen sells Twinkies am I to believe they are good for my health? A pharmacists integrity begins and ends at the med counter in the back of the store. Is he or she to endorse every cancer causing skin product, every carb packed diabetes donuts?.

    This is why people hate democrats, this type of idealistic glad handing that in essence just takes up time, and is catering to …well i haven’t figured that out, does anyone actually gain from this legislation? Gas stations might get better tobacco sales.

    This reminds me of a archaic Connecticut law along the lines of you can only purchase condoms from a pharmacist.
    It just doesn’t make sense.

    I hope to hear from you and learn what inspired you to front run this legislation..Really. I maybe in panera bread tonight as well, Is that still on?

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