Philip Morris tries to halt The City's tobacco ban

The nation’s largest cigarette maker filed a lawsuit in federal court Wednesday seeking to overturn a San Francisco law prohibiting the sale of tobacco products in drugstores, according to the company’s Web site.

Philip Morris USA filed the suit asking the court to “delay enforcement of the ordinance and ultimately declare it unconstitutional,” the announcement said.

In July, the Board of Supervisors adopted a law proposed by Mayor Gavin Newsom that prohibits the sale of tobacco products in drugstores, such as Walgreens, starting Oct. 1.

In a separate case, Walgreens is suing The City in state court, asking for an injunction. It argues the law is discriminatory since it doesn’t apply to grocery or big-box stores that may also have pharmacies.

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