June 3, 2008 - Anti-Tobacco groups praised Wegmans Food Markets and DeCicco Markets for discontinuing the sale of tobacco products at their stores.
American Lung Association of New York State presented Wegmans with the Lung Champion Award to recognize the Rochester, N.Y.-based grocer’s January 2008 decision to stop the sale of tobacco products at all 70 of its locations. Besides banning the sale of tobacco products, Wegmans now offers a quit-smoking program for its employees.
DeCicco Supermarkets were honored at the sixth annual “No Thanks, Big Tobacco” appreciation event sponsored by the Elmsford, N.Y.-based Tobacco Control Partners of the Lower Hudson Valley.
Other grocers that have recently stopped carrying cigarettes include six New Jersey ShopRites operated by ShopRites of Cherry Hill, Budwey Supermarket stores in upstate New York, and Andronico’s in Albany, Calif., Progressive Grocer reported.
Wegmans, DeCicco Markets Ditch Cigarettes, Consumer Affairs.com, 6/2/2008.