Kronenthal, 79, of West Palm Beach, decided he would no longer sell cigarettes at his Abramson’s drugstore because it was inconsistent with his pharmacy’s mission to promote health.
“I’d see customers come in to pick up medication and grab a pack of cigarettes. It got to me,” Kronenthal was quoted in the Port Chester newspaper. “Cigarettes don’t belong in drugstores.”
The article quotes Brennan Moran, then a spokesman for the Tobacco Institute in Washington, D.C., saying the ban was a “very isolated incident.”
On Wednesday, the nation’s No. 2 drugstore chain, CVS, followed suit announcing it would discontinue tobacco sales by Oct. 1 in its stores nationwide.
Kronenthal, who contacted The Post this morning, said he received a letter of commendation for the American Heart Association.
“I realized people were virtually killing themselves and I didn’t want anything to do with this,” he said in the story from 1987. “I feel the loss of money is justified.”
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