Walgreen Can Challenge City Ordinance on Drug Store Tobacco Sales

Walgreen Co., Deerfield, Ill., was given the go ahead to proceed with a lawsuit challenging San Francisco’s first-in-the-nation law banning sales of tobacco products in some pharmacies, a California appeals court ruled, earlier this week.

SAN FRANCISCO — Walgreen Co., Deerfield, Ill., was given the go ahead to proceed with a lawsuit challenging San Francisco’s first-in-the-nation law banning sales of tobacco products in some pharmacies, a California appeals court ruled, earlier this week.

The ordinance, passed in 2008 on the premise that drug store cigarette sales give "tacit approval" of unhealthy tobacco use by allowing pharmacies that are visited for health services to sell cigarettes. The law does not apply

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