Legislation needed

On May 31, 2013, B.C. will have the distinction of being the only province that allows tobacco to be sold in pharmacies...

On May 31, 2013, British Columbia will have the infamous distinction of being the only Canadian province that still allows tobacco to be sold in pharmacies and stores that contain a pharmacy.

Pharmacies are places where people go for health care, not to purchase a deadly product that, when used as directed, is still the number one cause of preventable death and disease in the province.

We, along with our fellow health-related organizations the College of Pharmacists of British Columbia, the BC Medical Association and the Canadian Cancer Society, BC & Yukon, believe it’s time that the provincial government did the right thing to make drug stores truly places of health care and legislate the removal of cigarettes and other tobacco products from British Columbia pharmacies and stores that contain a pharmacy.

It is time that B.C. joined the confederation of all the other provinces who have already taken leadership in this important area of tobacco control.

In this instance being late is better than never.

Dieo Marchese, CEO, B.C.

Heart and Stroke Foundation

Scott McDonald, president,

B.C. Lung Association