Multi-state accord would reduce tobacco sales to minors

WASHINGTON Tue May 17, 2011 5:49pm EDT

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The companies that own Circle K, Dairymart and On The Run stores reached an agreement on Tuesday with 39 state attorneys general to curb tobacco sales to minors.

The multi-state effort will result in comprehensive training for store employees and independent compliance checks as some 250 stores.

"Many adult smokers start their habit at an early age," Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan said in a statement announcing the deal. "By preventing teens' access to cigarettes, we're working to deter them from picking up this deadly habit."

Madigan has worked to secure similar agreements with gas station convenience stores selling fuel under the Conoco, Phillips 66 or 76, Exxon, Mobil, BP Amoco, Shell, Valero, ARCO and Chevron brand names, and retail and pharmacy chains Kroger, 7-Eleven, Walgreens, Rite Aid, CVS and Walmart.

(Reporting by Wendell Marsh; Editing by Greg McCune)

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calwillnol wrote:
I don’t understand how hard this is to do…not selling cigarettes to minors. Send a memo to every store stating:
1) Ask for picture ID
2) If unsure, ask for second picture ID
3) don’t sell them cigarettes if they aren’t 19 years old.
4) If you sell cigarettes to a minor, your business license to operate the store will be permanently taken away.

How tough is that?

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