ANTI-SMOKING PRODUCTS MAY BE CHALLENGE FOR RETAILERS

A newly introduced prescription to the over-the-counter category appears to be a mixed blessing for supermarkets.Several months after the release of smoking-cessation products -- Nicorette, Nicoderm CQ and Nicotrol -- some retailers are reporting they are not stocking these products for fear of pilferage."We have not put them in yet," said Randall King, health and beauty care buyer for Byrd Food Stores,

A newly introduced prescription to the over-the-counter category appears to be a mixed blessing for supermarkets.

Several months after the release of smoking-cessation products -- Nicorette, Nicoderm CQ and Nicotrol -- some retailers are reporting they are not stocking these products for fear of pilferage.

"We have not put them in yet," said Randall King, health and beauty care buyer for Byrd Food Stores, Burlington, NC. "Fifty dollar retail -- you do not put it on the shelf,"

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