Co-op goes tobacco free – Barre Montpelier Times Argus

Co-op goes tobacco free

 | April 10,2014

ADAMANT — The Adamant Cooperative has decided to go tobacco free.

According to a news release, the co-op sold its last pack of cigarettes in mid March. Previously, they carried eight or nine brands that had dwindled to a small supply of four brands. The co-op’s small tobacco customer base, and limited space for cigarettes, was not enough to justify stocking cigarettes or the tobacco license renewal fee increase, an official said.

“There was a price hike for the license,” said Manager Regina Thompson in the release. “We only sold about four packs a week. It’s just not worth it for us.”

Central Vermont New Directions Coalition and the state Department of Health have been encouraging local stores to reduce tobacco advertising. Tobacco companies spend approximately $27.4 million on marketing tobacco in Vermont each year, with roughly 75 percent spent on point-of-sale marketing, such as displays and price promotions.

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