VT Joins States In Tobacco Sales Settlement

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Vermont is joining with dozens of other states in an agreement that calls on a convenience store chain to reduce the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products to minors.

Attorney General Bill Sorrell says Vermont, 40 states and the District of Columbia are parties to the agreement with Circle K Stores and Mac’s Convenience Stores

It covers about 4,000 stores, including 12 in Vermont.

Under the agreement Circle K will pay $225,000 for consumer education initiatives and will adopt procedures to cut sales to minors in its 3,000 corporate-owned stores and 1,000 other franchise locations.

Among them: Employee training on health issues, "mystery shopper" compliance checks and restrictions on in-store and outdoor advertising.

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