It took me a long time to find anything that I wanted to use for my paper. I tried looking up some of the different ethical theories using the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy and then using google scholar to look up the articles I found and clicking on its citations. From there I checked the box to search within citations and searched “Marlboro” “Tobacco” and a few other things none of which yielded any results. I decided to give up on checking the citations box and simply searched Google Scholar directly instead. Somewhere along the lines I thought of a new idea for my topic since there are not very many articles surrounding Marlboro, least of all their ethics. I decided it would be cool to examine how/why CVS decided to discontinue selling tobacco products from a deontological stand point.
I ended up finding an article “Mixing Good Drugs and Bad Drugs: Tobacco Sales in Pharmacies”. It discusses the ethical dilemma that Pharmacies and Pharmacists encounter when selling tobacco in pharmacies. Not only has tobacco use been cited as the main avoidable cause of illness and death, but it also lowers the immune system and interferes with many different medications which are also sold at pharmacies. Are pharmacies violating their duty as a health care field that promotes the health of their patients? While the article never directly mentions deontology, many of they points they bring up mimic its ideals. In addition to selling tobacco, 8 out of 10 pharmacies selling tobacco also advertised it.
I liked this article because it really went into depth with figures and tables pertaining to tobacco sales in grocery stores. For example, a survey was taken by pharmacist students in Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Detroit, MI or University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy in
Kansas City, MO. These are some charts with the results:
This chart really shows what ethical standards the pharmaceutical society believes pharmacies should be held to. From a deontological stand point if 81% of respondents think that selling tobacco products in pharmacy is not ethical and only 5% think that it is ethical, it can be determined that it is a breach of a pharmacies societal duties to sell tobacco.