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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
February 01, 2012]
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