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Anti-tobacco coalition commends Logan County businesses

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To the editor:

On Dec. 12, 2006, REALITY Illinois of Logan County, a youth-led anti-tobacco 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 visited 16 tobacco vendors and would like to thank the stores that participated and helped us learn about tobacco advertising. Thanks to Thorntons (both locations), Qik-n-EZ, Quick Way Foods, Green Oil Co., Kroger, Wal-Mart, Bruns Service Center, Walgreens, CVS, Ayerco, Clark, Fifth Street Food Market, Casey's, Apollo Mart and IGA.

An R.J. Reynolds document from 1989 once referred to young people as "the only source of replacement smokers." Big Tobacco knows the importance of young people to the future of profits and therefore spends a large amount of money promoting its products. In 2003, tobacco companies spent a total of $15.15 billion -- or more than $34 million a day!

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Operation Storefront began in 2000, and the program has seen less tobacco advertising in the Logan County businesses and more anti-tobacco warnings in the stores. Thank you! We are pleased to see that most stores have cigarettes behind the counter and other tobacco products in line of sight of the cashier. We appreciate all the businesses that are trying to prevent youth access to tobacco. Logan County businesses care about us!

REALITY Illinois of Logan County

(Posted Jan. 19, 2007)

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