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Published reports say that a California state judge has upheld a regulation in the city of San Francisco that prohibits the sale of tobacco products by stores that also feature a pharmacy – the first such law in the United States.

The judge, ruling on an appeal brought by Walgreen, said that it is a legitimate exercise of government authority to say that a store that specializes in health-related products cannot also sell products proven to be cancer-causing, such as tobacco.

Tobacco companies reportedly are appealing to the federal court system.

KC's View:
I have no idea about the constitutionality of such a regulation, but it certainly seems sensible…and, from my admittedly biased perspective, laudable.