Des Moines television station KCCI reports that Fareway Food Stores implemented the policy, effective Monday. Under the new policy, smoking and the use of any other tobacco or tobacco-like products such as electronic cigarettes and chewing tobacco is banned on all company property.
Store officials say employees will only be allowed to use FDA-approved nicotine products aimed to help smokers quit.
Caitlyn Ferin, a member of Fareway’s Corporate Wellness Team, says it’s important to the company to “create a healthy work environment for our employees.”
Fareway operates more than 100 stores in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, Illinois and Minnesota.