Ill. bill targets tobacco sales in pharmacies with clinics

March 18, 2008

An Illinois bill would prohibit the sale of tobacco in stores that have an in-store health clinic.

The Illinois State Medical Society (ISMS) is backing a bill introduced in the state legislature that would limit tobacco sales and place other limitations on pharmacies and other stores that have in-store clinics. In addition to banning tobacco sales in the store, the statement from Rodney Osborn, ISMS president, "Our intent is not to ban retail health clinics. Yet we're concerned that since these clinics deliver only episodic or single-instance care, we must work to ensure patients receive needed follow-up care-an important medical consideration routinely handled by primary care doctors but not retail clinics."

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