Monday, June 21, 2010

Tops refuses so far to stop dealing drugs in our communties. Let them know what you think

GCASA manages the Smoke Free NOW program which advocates and organizes for policies which will improve the health of people in Orleans, Genesee, and Wyoming counties by refraining from the use of tobacco.

The current campaign is convince Tops supermarkets to take the same action that Wegman's has: to stop selling tobacco products.

Here is a snippet of an article which appeared in the June 11, 2010 issue of The Daily News.

ALBION -- A coalition trying to combat smoking and tobacco use is pressuring Tops Markets to stop selling tobacco products at its stores.

Kevin Keenan, director of the Smoke Free NOW campaign in Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties, is distributing cards to residents, asking them to send a message to Tops. He has offered to hand deliver the cards.

Keenan would like to see Tops follow Wegmans' example of ridding its stores of all tobacco products. If that doesn't happen, Keenan is distributing cards that ask the store to reduce tobacco advertising and make tobacco products less visible in their stores.

"The more cigarette marketing that teens are exposed to in retail stores, the more likely they are to smoke," according to message being circulated by Smoke Free NOW.

Tobacco is by far the most addicting and deadly drug in America.

30,000 Americans die each year from street drugs such as heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, etc.

100,000 Americans die from Alcohol and alcohol induced diseases.

410,000 Americans die from tobacco.

Our law enforcement agencies at all levels spent billions of dollars a year trying to intercept and arrest "drug dealers" when the biggest drug dealers with the deadliest drugs sell them legally right in the middle of our communities with impunity.

It is time for things to change. Big Tobacco and the stores that deal their products should be held accountable to the community which they pollute with their products.

Let Tops know that you don't appreciate them dealing drugs in our communities right next to the Corn Flakes and the toothpaste.

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