New York's DeCicco Family Supermarkets no longer sell tobacco products..

March 2, 2008 - Beginning March 1, 2008 the DeCicco Family Supermarkets in Eastern New York State, will no longer sell tobacco products in any of its six stores, including those in Pelham, Bronxville, Scarsdale, Jefferson Valley and New City. The family’s Ardsley store has been tobacco-free since its opening a year and a half ago, serving as a trial run for the other locations.

“I think it’s great,” said Dr. Joshua Lipsman, the Westchester County health commissioner. “It’s small in the global scheme of things, but extraordinary in the fight against the biggest public health problem we face and that is responsible for a third of all deaths.”

The DeCicco family’s decision comes after a similar step by Wegmans Food Markets, of Rochester, which last month announced it would no longer sell tobacco products at its 70 stores.

Reference: Food Market Chain Halts Tobacco Sales by Juli S. Charkes, The New York Times, 3/2/2008.

Two other stores in Southeast New York State no longer sell tobacco products. North Brewster Deli & Market owned by Sal Zuccaro and Rocky's Millwood Deli in Westchester County owned by Greg Santone.