State teens find it more difficult to buy cigarettes

October 10, 1997|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Maryland teens younger than 18 were less successful this year than last in their attempts to buy cigarettes.

Figures from the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene show that minors were able to buy cigarettes 36 percent of the time, compared with 54 percent in 1996. It is illegal to sell cigarettes to anyone younger than 18 in Maryland.

The survey was conducted in August at 870 tobacco outlets. It found that youths were successful more than 87 percent in attempts to buy cigarettes from vending machines, compared with 95.5 percent last year.

Pub Date: 10/10/97

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