ST. LOUIS (WREX) — Starting next year, shoppers will no longer to be able to buy tobacco products at Schnucks grocery stores.
The company announced on Thursday they will be ending the sale of all tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, chewing tobacco and snuff starting Jan. 1, 2020.
The company will sell through its existing inventory through the end of the year. The company will also continue its practice of not selling e-cigarettes or vaping products.
The decision to stop the sales is an effort to help smokers who are trying to quit, according to the company.
“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.”
The company says starting on Oct. 15 and continuing indefinitely, Schnucks will offer double Schnucks Rewards points on all over-the counter smoking cessation products.