Ohio Attorney General, Mike Dewine is pushing Kroger, Wal-Mart, Rite-Aid, Walgreens and other retailers with Pharmacies to voluntarily stop selling all tobacco products and follow the lead of CVS (Caremark) who announced they will no longer sell tobacco products.
It was reported in the Columbus Dispatch; The State of Ohio must boost its efforts to reduce tobacco products. Since 2009 Ohio has earned the depressing distinction of being one of the few states, if not the only state, with increase in tobacco use. That’s why it is crucial Ohio lawmakers support Governor John Kasich’s proposal to spend $27 million from tobacco settlement money over the next 5 years to encourage Ohioans to quit smoking.
Ohio Governor John Kasich recently announced he is asking for 60 cents per pack increase in the tobacco tax. MIRA has already talked to several legislators notifying them we would oppose such an increase for several different reasons.