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San Francisco Ready to Give Smokers Another Reason to Quit



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    San Francisco's Board of Supervisors is set to vote on legislation that would expand a ban on tobacco sales.

    The current law bans the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products at drugstores. The new legislation would extend the ban to all stores that have pharmacies. It is expected to pass a first reading on Tuesday before a final vote in two weeks.

    The expanded ban comes in response to a lawsuit by Walgreens. The drugstore chain said the original ban wasn't fair because it only targeted drugstores while allowing supermarkets and big-box stores with pharmacies to continue selling tobacco products.

    Supervisors crafted the new legislation to close that loophole.

    Mayor Gavin Newsom has said he would sign the legislation.