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May 23, 2012 Approximately a dozen national public health and advocacy organizations are urging Family Dollar to reconsider its decision to sell tobacco products in its stores nationwide. In a letter today to the CEO of Family Dollar, the groups said the announcement “comes as a dire disappointment to the nation’s public health community.”
“Family Dollar’s decision to sell tobacco goes up against the company’s commitment ‘to improve the quality of life of [its] customers and Team Members’, given that tobacco is the No. 1 cause of preventable death in the United States,” said Cheryl G. Healton, DrPH, President and CEO of Legacy®. “Selling tobacco at Family Dollar could heavily impact the lives of those Americans who already suffer disproportionately from tobacco’s economic and health consequences,” she added.
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