The Barren-Hart-Metcalfe Kentucky Agency for Substance Policy Coalition Reward and Remind project found that in a two-phase experiment, 14 out of 60 local retailers sold cigarettes to persons under the age of 18 in the first phase and 23 out of 56 retailers sold cigarettes to underage teens in the second phase.
The Reward and Remind project was funded by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and approved by the Kentucky Alcoholic Beverage Control. The project was performed in May and June 2011 and Marilyn Sink, KY-ASAP project director, said this was conducted again this year to see how easily underage teens could purchase tobacco products.
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