New Hampshire health officials say a survey of independent pharmacies shows most don't sell tobacco products.
The telephone survey — conducted in August — polled 33 independent pharmacies. Health officials say 27 replied that they do not.
Marcella Bobinsky, acting director of public health at the Department of Health and Human Services, says she applauds those pharmacies for recognizing the conflict of stores that deal in health care and pharmaceutical products selling a product that kills an estimated 1,900 New Hampshire residents yearly.
Several national retailers — including Target and CVS — have taken tobacco products off their shelves.