For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Bob Cooper
Date: September 30, 2003
Idaho Reaches Voluntary Agreement With Wal-Mart Stores To Reduce Tobacco Sales To Minors
(Boise) - Wal-Mart stores will implement new policies and procedures to reduce tobacco sales to minors, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said. Wal-Mart signed an agreement with Idaho and 42 other states. The agreement outlines procedures the 18 Wal-Mart and Sam's Club stores in Idaho will implement to prevent minors from purchasing tobacco products.
"I believe it is important to stop tobacco companies from marketing to children and encouraging them to break the law," Attorney General Wasden said. "This voluntary agreement is a significant step toward cutting off youth access and illegal tobacco use by minors."
The first voluntary agreement to reduce the sale of tobacco to Idaho's youth was signed between the State of Idaho and Walgreens stores on February 13, 2002.
"Walgreens stores and the gas stations selling Exxon, Mobil and BP brand gasoline have previously signed similar agreements with my office," Attorney General Wasden said. "We certainly appreciate the commitment of all of these stores in stopping the illegal sale of tobacco to Idaho's youth."
Wal-Mart agreed to implement the following policies and procedures:
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