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Martz pleased with clerks


HELENA - Nearly nine of every 10 merchants are complying with a new state program to reduce the sale of tobacco to minors, Gov. Judy Martz said Friday in a ceremony to recognize the program.

''Reward and Reminder'' was launched last fall in 10 counties in response to a national survey showing Montana ranked sixth worst in stopping sales of tobacco to minors.

That survey found about 22 percent of Montana merchants made illegal sales of cigarettes, chewing tobacco or other tobacco products to minors, said Ken Taylor, Department of Public Health and Human Services spokesman.

Taylor said neighb...

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