A few years ago, more than half of Baltimore County retailers were failing compliance checks in sting operations that tested whether stores sold tobacco to minors.
Today, roughly 99 percent of stores are passing the checks, according to County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and county Department of Health and Human Services Director Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch.
"We have made an amazing turnaround in preventing teenagers from being able to buy cigarettes and other tobacco products right here in Baltimore County," Kamenetz said at a news conference Tuesday inside a Parkville area 7-Eleven store.
The health department conducts sting operations by sending students under age...