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By W.B. King
AUGUSTA, Maine -- In a joint announcement, Maine Attorney General Steve Rowe and the Partnership for a Tobacco Free Maine welcomed Cumberland Farms stores to the state’s NO BUTS responsible tobacco retailer program.
"Cumberland Farms is pleased to join the NO BUTS program responsible tobacco retailer program," Cumberland Farms-Gulf CEO Joe Petrowski told CSNews Online. "The enhanced training and educational benefits of this program are key components in the important fight against teen age smoking."
NO BUTS, or Blocking Underage Tobacco Sales, was launched in 2001 with 120 stores participating. Today, with the addition of Cumberland Farms, 729 Maine retailers are currently enrolled.
In related news, Massachusetts 4-H, sponsored by Cumberland Farms, kicked off "4-H Cares About the Community" food drive Sunday, the Cape Cod Times reported. The food drive coincides with the start of National 4-H Week. Cumberland Farms stores will have collection boxes available Oct. 27 through Nov. 15.