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Retailers in Maryland found selling cigarettes to minors
Retailers in Maryland found selling cigarettes to minors

Almost a third of tobacco retailers in Maryland are selling cigarettes to minors, in violation of state and federal law, according to state health officials who conducted random inspections. During the most recent set of inspections from May to September by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, about 32 percent of retailers sold to youth without asking for identification. That was up from about 24 percent in the year ending in September 2013, about the same as a recent U.S. Food and Drug Administration assessment of Maryland retailers. Retailers are required by federal law to check identification of those younger than 27. But a quarter of minors who smoke frequently, or more...

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