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    Washington Tobacco Sales Scrutinized

    Police begin second yearlong campaign to catch illegal sales.

    KIRKLAND, Wash.-- The Kirkland Police Department said yesterday that a yearlong tobacco-prevention campaign had resulted in at least 23 businesses being caught selling tobacco to minors.

    Youth operatives tried to buy tobacco products from 83 local businesses, including convenience stores, gas stations and drug stores, according to The Seattle Times.

    Police also conducted several "shoulder tap" operations, in which youths tried to get an adult to buy them tobacco. That led to five violations and two arrests. The program will continue over the next 12 months, police said.

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