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Youth-led smoke-free coalition thanks businesses

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To the editor:

On Dec. 12, 2011, REALITY Illinois @ Logan County, a youth-led smoke-free coalition, participated in Operation Storefront. Operation Storefront is an opportunity for REALITY members to visit tobacco vendors in Lincoln and analyze how Big Tobacco is targeting youth.

We would like to thank the stores that participated and helped us learn about tobacco advertising. Special thanks to Apollo Mart, Lincoln IGA, 5th St. Food Mart, Casey's General Store, Thorntons, Qik-n-EZ, CVS Pharmacy, Walgreens, Ayerco, Kroger, Wal-Mart and Beck Oil for allowing us to participate in this project.

Operation Storefront began in 2000, and we continue to notice changes in tobacco advertising. After almost four years of being a smoke-free state, gas stations and stores around Lincoln have been showing their support for the law by posting multiple smoke-free signs at each location. Since "Smoke-Free Illinois" has passed, we have also noticed specials deals or incentives on tobacco have decreased. However, tobacco is still being advertised close to candy, attracting kids to tobacco products.

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We appreciate each business supporting the smoke-free law and letting our members learn about tobacco advertising at their store.

Ashton Wakeman, Caroline Huff, Joey Bergman, Keegan Buck, Andrew Wibben, Kayla Bartz, Stephanie Hannel, Megan Lahr

REALITY Illinois @ Logan County

[Posted February 01, 2012]

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