Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

State Program Targets Teens' Tobacco Use

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

State Program Targets Teens' Tobacco Use

Article excerpt

State officials introduced a new program Monday to reduce tobacco use by teen-agers in Illinois. But one group says the state is just blowing smoke.

A team of state agencies launched "Kids Can't Buy 'Em Here," a campaign to stop under-age smokers from buying cigarettes in the first place.

But the American Lung Association of Illinois isn't so sure the campaign will do much without sharper teeth.

In Illinois, it's both illegal to sell cigarettes to minors and for minors to buy them. But that hasn't stopped minors from buying or retailers from selling. More than half of Illinois tobacco sellers targeted in spot inspections in 1995 would sell to minors, according to an Illinois Liquor Control Commission report.

The campaign aims to educate such local officials as police chiefs and mayors on the state law prohibiting tobacco sales to minors. It counts on those local officials to craft their own plans to thwart teen-agers from purchasing cigarettes and other tobacco products. …

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