Friday, June 8, 2012

Save A Child: Report Criminal Retailers

Ever wonder where our smoking preteens and teens are getting their cigarettes? If they're not getting them from you, then chances are that they're probably coming from your local retailer.

Every retailer knows that it's illegal to sell cigarettes and other tobacco products to children, yet it's still being done on a daily basis. I've personally witnessed and reported it myself.

I've also noticed that some retailers selling cigarettes to children are often themselves smokers, or don't fully understand addictive consequences and harmful effects of a nicotine addiction. They think they're "being nice" or doing those children "a favor" by selling them cigarettes. And some retailers probably couldn't care less about your children's welfare.

But, YOU can do something to stop it. Save a child from a lifetime of nicotine addiction.

Anytime you witness a retail establishment worker selling tobacco products to any child, call your local police and report it immediately. They will respond to your complaint. In most cases, you won't have to become personally-involved or have to worry about retaliation. The police can often use the store's own video camera evidence to prosecute the offending retailers.

Source: California Tobacco Control Program

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