SAN FRANCISCO

San Francisco Cigarette Ban: Safeway Lawsuit Dismissed

07/16/2011 07:33 pm ET | Updated Sep 15, 2011

The city of San Francisco's pioneering ban on tobacco sales by pharmacies has survived its latest challenge, a constitutional lawsuit by the Safeway grocery store chain.

U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken of Oakland today dismissed a lawsuit in which Pleasanton-based Safeway Inc. claimed the measure was an unconstitutional restriction on its right to conduct a lawful business.

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