This bill aims to ban pharmacies from selling tobacco products.
An Act Relating to tobacco sales in pharmacies.
Be it enacted by the Youth Model Legislature of the State of New Jersey that it is illegal and punishable by penalties to sell tobacco products in pharmacies.
Section I) Defines tobacco products as hookah, cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, and sniffing tobacco.
Section II) Defines pharmacies as stores that sells medical products, being prescription and non prescription drugs, and other items as well. Pharmacies included in this bill are corporate pharmacies.
Section III) If a pharmacy sells any tobacco products, the pharmacy shall be fined five dollars for every sale.
This bill shall take in to effect on the first day of May, 2019.
Statement of Intent:
The purpose of this bill is to prohibit consumers from accessing tobacco products that affect their health harmfully. Smoking is severely harmful for one’s health and can result in serious illnesses such as lung cancer. Other tobacco products harmfully affect the health of its consumers as well. So, the health of the population of New Jersey is improved if tobacco products are banned from corporate pharmacies, since they are one of the most accessible places to purchase cigarettes. Individually owned, small businesses, however, do not go bankrupt as a result of this bill. Pharmacies exist to keep people healthy, not to harm them, as tobacco products evidently do.
Revenue from the bill will be allocated to programs to help addicted smokers.