Schnucks will stop selling all tobacco products next year

“Tobacco products directly contradict our core mission and that means that they simply don’t belong in our stores."

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October 03, 2019 - 3:15 pm

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ST. LOUIS (KFTK) - St. Louis-bases Schnucks Markets announced its stores will stop selling all tobacco products beginning Jan. 1, 2020, – including cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, chewing tobacco and snuff.

The company issued a statement saying it "is increasing its focus on wellness and promoting healthier choices."

All of 115 Schnucks stores, in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Iowa will sell through its existing inventory through the end of this year. Schnucks also does not sell e-cigarettes or vaping products.

Schnucks will offer double Schnucks Rewards points on all over-the counter smoking cessation products.

"Tobacco products are certainly a profitable part of our business, but our company’s mission is to nourish people's lives," said Schnucks Chairman & CEO Todd Schnuck. "Tobacco products directly contradict our core mission and that means that they simply don’t belong in our stores. We respect people’s right to make decisions that are best for them, and while we know this may not sit well with everyone, we believe it’s the right thing to do for the health of our communities, and our customers and that makes it the right decision for our company."

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