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Throughout the state, though, that average didn't hold true in all cities and towns, as three of four locations in Pelham or 75 percent failed to Louis Vuitton Belt Mens Black
"I have noticed that for a compliance check, they really look 16, and they don't look 22 or 35, so that I give them credit for," he said.
"I'll card someone who is 35, but it can go in either direction," he said.
A part owner of Penguin Mart LLC in Milford apologized for the infraction and said that's not how his store does business.
All Nashua stores pass compliance check for underage cigarette sales in 2013
Public health Director Dr. Jose Montero took the statistics to mean that progress is being made in the ever challenging goal of seeking to obliterate underage smoking in the state.
comply and sold cigarettes to minors, while all 19 convenience stores surveyed in Nashua passed their compliance check.
The checks are handled by the state liquor enforcement bureau. Tremblay credited them with using teenagers who actually look their age, as opposed to someone who looks older.
Attempts to reach management or ownership for CVS Pharmacy, Z1 Express, and EZ Stop for comment were unsuccessful.
Including the 19 stores in Nashua surveyed, five stores each in Merrimack and Milford; four each in Goffstown, Hudson and Londonderry; two each in Bedford, Hollis and Windham; and one in Gucci Belt Snake G Amherst were part of last year's compliance check.
gas stations from around the state in 2013, 11.2 percent of stores failed to comply and sold tobacco to minors, a 2 Lee Belts
Among the local locations that did not pass their compliance checks were CVS Pharmacy, 77 Derry Road, Hudson; EZ Stop, 715 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack; Z1 Xpress, 1 Peach Tree Lane, Merrimack; and Penguin Mart, 738 Elm St., Milford.
A one year drop in tobacco sales to minors has state officials encouraged that they are making progress in cutting youth smoking and pledging to do more.
While the numbers of non compliance in the state might not be at the levels from 2010 and 2011, they are still significantly far from the 20 percent mark that would kick in federal penalties, or even the state's recent high water mark of 14.0 percent non compliance in 2009.
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Temple Street Superette owner Tom Tremblay said most store owners are not in business of selling tobacco to minors, but that "sometimes it is a bad judgement call" by the cashier handling the sale.
Stores that flunk the compliance check get a warning or a citation requiring employees to attend a training seminar.
Funding to coordinate the survey, according to the state's Administrative Lieutenant of Department of Liquor Enforcement and Licensing Valerie Smith, came by way of the federal Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant amounting to $50,000.
Of those, 11 failed and allowed a teenager to purchase tobacco, which was generally on par with the rest of the state.
Of the 312 stores surveyed by the state Department of Health and Human Services and the Division of Liquor Enforcement, 89 were in Hillsborough County.
percent drop compared to the previous year.
"We want to believe that this is a trend, that education and more awareness is kicking in," Montero said.
"It's a good thing, that they keep checking," said Kedar Basnet, the owner of Kirkpatrick's Corner Store.
Even with the drop in non compliant sales to minors in the state between the 2012 and 2013 reports, Montero acknowledged that additional work needs to be done to shrink the number of under 18 smokers in the state, which remains steady at around 18 percent, based on other state surveys.
In Nashua, among the stores that passed were Kirkpatrick's Corner Store at 125 Concord St., and Temple Street Superette at 59 Temple St.
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