ShopRite of Medford to end cigarette sales in 2015

ShopRite of Medford will stop selling cigarettes and electronic cigarettes as of Jan. 1.

The announcement comes on the heels of a wellness program at ShopRite that stresses a team approach of dietitians and pharmacists. Counseling sessions and resources are offered to help customers and employees make the decision to quit smoking or help them with behavioral modifications needed to be successful with quitting.

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“With smoking being the number-one cause of preventable death and disease in our country, it is important for us to focus on the health and well-being of our customers and employees,” said Renee Zallie, who with her husband David owns the store.

“We are happy to join other retailers in becoming part of the public health solution — helping the next generation to become tobacco-free.”

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