cigarettesGaetz pharmacy owner James Kim says while his business doesn’t carry cigarettes, he can imagine that many stores are probably breathing a sigh of relief that the provincial government isn’t going ahead with a ban on tobacco sales in pharmacies.

Kim says tobacco sales have been around so long it would probably be tough for them to give up the revenue.

He says that allowing the sales to continue does seem counterproductive though.

“Especially with the quit smoking campaign that BC has come out with. For me I think it’s better that we don’t have cigarettes in the pharmacy and just have customers go to their local markets or grocery stores.”

Kim says apart from health considerations, not carrying tobacco can make pharmacies a little bit less of a target for theft and robbery.