Local health officials look to curb tobacco sales
LEE -- Local health officials hope to curb tobacco sales in Berkshire County by capitalizing on CVS' self-imposed nationwide ban of tobacco products from its 7,600 stores later this year.
The CVS announcement two weeks ago could spur more communities to do the same, according to James Wilusz, director of Tri-Town Health Department. Tri-Town oversees the county's only state-funded tobacco awareness program in a 12-community collaborative that includes Pittsfield, Great Barrington, Lee, Lenox and Stockbridge.
"I publicly congratulate CVS, it's a bold move to go national, but let's not forget what we've done on the local level," said Wilusz.