Pharmacy Regulation

The Pharmacy Regulation prohibits the sale of tobacco products in all healthcare institutions, including pharmacies. The sale of tobacco in a healthcare facility gives a false and dangerous credibility to tobacco products and suggests their use is compatible with health. 1 The sale of tobacco products is incompatible with the mission of health care institutions, and pharmacies are part of the healthcare delivery system. Selling and displaying tobacco products in pharmacies undermines the messages of other health professionals that tobacco products are uniquely dangerous.

Prohibiting tobacco sales in pharmacies reduces youth exposure to tobacco in places youth commonly frequent. Research has shown that youth who shop at stores with tobacco two or more times a week are 64% more likely to start smoking than their peers who don’t.2  Retail displays have also been shown to stimulate impulse purchases and tempt those trying to quit. 3


  1. Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada, Tobacco-Free Pharmacies, May 2010, Ottawa, Canada
  2. Henriksen, Schleicher, Feiughery and Fortmann. Pediatrics: The Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. July 19, 2010, DOI: 10.1542/peds.2009 3021
  3. Wakefield M, Germain D, Henriksen L. The effect of retail cigarette pack displays on impulse purchase. Addiction 2008; 103:322-8