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San Francisco drug stores face possible ban on tobacco sales

BY Jenna Duncan

SAN FRANCISCO A proposed ordinance to ban the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco items from San Francisco drug stores could be in place by the end of this week.

The law, proposed by Mayor Gavin Newsom last Tuesday, would put a ban on tobacco sales at any stores with pharmacies, but would not include big box chain stores, like Costco, or grocery stores. A spokesperson for the mayor said that this ordinance is part of a series of actions supported by Mayor Newsom to promote independent healthy living.

“The spirit of this is that pharmacies are places people go to get better,” spokeswoman Giselle Barry said. “They shouldn’t be selling products that cause cancer.”

The new law would go into effect on Oct. 1. The San Francisco Department of Public Health [the regulator of tobacco sales in San Francisco] would be responsible for enforcement of the law and those in violation would have to pay fines of $100 to $1,000.

The proposed ordinance must have the approval of the Board of Supervisors. The topic is on the agenda for the Board’s City and County of San Francisco City Operations and Neighborhood Services Committee special meeting on Thursday.

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Skinny Water sends celeb moms gift bags for Mother’s Day

BY Jenna Duncan

BALA CYNWYD, Pa. Several new Hollywood moms will receive gifts from Skinny Water for Mother’s Day.

The “Mother’s Day in Hollywood” gift bags will be sent to Angelina Jolie, Bridget Moynahan, Christina Aguilera, Jessica Alba and 21 other Hollywood moms.

Skinny Water, a line of beverages containing no calories, preservatives, sodium or sugar, will also be available at retailers this month. Skinny Water comes in five flavors such as: acai, grape and blueberry flavored Hi-Energy; goji fruit punch flavored Shape; passionfruit lemonade Total-V; peach mango mandarin XXX-Detox; and raspberry pomegranate Crave Control.

Don McDonald, president and chief executive office of Skinny Nutritional Corp., the maker of Skinny Water, said, “This Mother’s Day, treat mom like the family superstar she is. Don’t give her fattening chocolates, cakes, or candies. Give her Skinny Water, the perfect complement to a happy, healthy Mother’s Day celebration.”

In addition to being calorie- and sugar-free, Skinny Waters each contain three supplements, Super CitriMax, ChromeMate, and EGCG, that are designed to promote healthy blood sugar levels, ensure normal energy metabolism rates and curb hunger cravings.

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Safeway promotes wellness brands

BY DSN STAFF

PLEASANTON , Calif. Safeway has announced a new program to market its health and wellness brands accross retail channels in the United States. The Better Living Brands Alliance will promote the company’s O Organics line and Eating Right line throughout U.S. stores as well the food service channel and international markets.

The Alliance includes world-class manufacturing, marketing and distribution companies as brand licensees. Co-pack and distribution partners have also been signed to provide a robust supply chain network. The Alliance will receive additional support from EMAK Worldwide for consumer communications and Crossmark for communications to retailers.

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