Gas Stations To Check IDs Of Tobacco Buyers

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Vermont’s attorney general says one of the country’s largest gas station chains has agreed to make changes to try to prevent cigarette sales to minors at nearly 5,000 gas stations, including five in Vermont.

Valero Holdings Inc. and Valero Marketing and Supply Company also will pay 39 states $100,000. Vermont’s share has not been determined.

Attorney General William Sorrell said Wednesday a recent survey showed 47 percent of minors who reported buying cigarettes said they bought them at gas station convenience stores.

Under the agreement, Valero will instruct store clerks to check identification of tobacco customers who look like they are under age 27, monitor clerks’ compliance with video cameras and perform random compliance checks.

Vermont has similar agreements with other gas station convenience stores.

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