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    Virginia Association to Educate Retailers on New Cigarette Sales Laws

    State's tobacco measure aims to reduce youth access to tobacco products beginning July 1.

    RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia's newest tobacco regulation, House Bill 1403, passed by the General Assembly last winter, becomes law July 1 and the Virginia Petroleum, Convenience & Grocery Association (VPCGA) is launching an educational campaign to make sure its members are up-to-speed on the regulations.

    The new law makes it illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to attempt to purchase tobacco products. This law also provides for fines, community service and a possible suspended drivers license for those convicted of an attempted underage purchase.

    In order to educate the industry and the general public about this new law, VPCGA has developed point-of-purchase materials (pictures) as a part of an industry and consumer education campaign. Virginia Delegate Thomas Wright and VPCGA officials will discuss campaign and the new law at a press conference at the state Capitol Monday, June 30, in House Room 5 at 9:30 am.

    "As a small businessperson and VPCGA member, Delegate Wright has seen the problem of underage purchasers first hand. We applaud his efforts to ensure that persons under age 18 do not have access to tobacco products, and will do everything we can to support his efforts, including informing our 5,000 retail members and the general public about this new law." said Mike O'Connor, VPCGA, president and CEO.

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