Rochester, N.Y. Wegmans supermarket chain said it will stop selling tobacco products, effective Feb. 10. Officials at Wegmans sent a letter to employees this week informing them of the move.
Wegmans said that tobacco products have been quite profitable for the company, although sales have declined somewhat in recent years.
Wegmans said health concerns outweigh any profits the company gets from tobacco products.
"So many of the things we do really begin as employee initiatives and ripple out to the community as a whole," Wegmans spokeswoman Ann McCarthy said.
Wegmans will also offer a smoking cessation program to employees who want to quit.