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    Valero Adopts New Cigarette Sale Policies

    Retailer signs agreements with 38 states to prevent the sale of the products to minors.

    SAN ANTONIO -- Valero, operator of 1,000 convenience store outlets based here, signed agreements with 38 states and the District of Columbia to adopt procedures designed to reduce sales of cigarettes to minors.

    As part of the agreement, Valero will provide franchisees with information on health concerns associated with youth tobacco use, instruct clerks to check I.D. for all tobacco customers appearing to be younger than 27, use security videotapes to monitor compliance by clerks, perform random compliance checks and implement other safeguards, according to a statement by Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett, one of the 38 states in the agreement.

    Valero also has nearly 4,000 franchise outlets under brands including Valero, Beacon, Diamond, Shamrock, Ultramar, Corner Store and Stop N Go.

    Corbett commended Valero for its participation. Similar agreements have also been made by Shell, 7-Eleven, CVS, Turkey Hill, Walgreens and Rite Aid stores, as well as all gas stations and convenience stores operating under the Exxon, Mobil and Chevron brand names.

    "Studies show that state tobacco control programs are effective at cutting the number of smokers," Corbett said in a statement. "By requiring companies to comply with the law and limiting access to cigarettes, we help stop kids from smoking."

    In addition to Pennsylvania, the agreement includes Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wyoming and the District of Columbia.

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