Friday, November 07, 2008

Unintended Consequences

San Franciscans are about to suffer under the law of unintended consequences now that their ban on tobacco sale in pharmacies has cleared the courts. Now non-smokers too will suffer from the jihad against Marlboros.

Apparently it's not enough to ban the act of smoking in pretty much any public place, people can't even buy their smokes in a convenient place anymore.

Who suffers from this ban? EVERYBODY who shops at drug stores, that's who. Cigarette sales are a huge part of the "front end" sales of any pharmacy. Any marginal pharmacy within the city limits is going to go out of business. Even fiscally healthy pharmacies may end up cutting store hours, and therefore cutting workforce hours as well.

The public will be less well served, and workers are going to lose hours.

Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

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