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Health

Tougher Action on Illegal Tobacco Sales

Published torsdag 11 mars 2010 kl 08.53

Sweden's center-right government is cracking down on store owners selling tobacco to minors under the age of 18.

Sharper surveillance is to be carried out - and violators are to lose their tobacco sales licenses for six months. Shop owners will also be required to have training programs for sales personnel to avoid selling cigarettes and Swedish wet oral tobacco called "snus" to young people.

A Ministry of Health and Welfare study shows that 46% of the 15 and 16 year olds have little problems now going into a store and buying tobacco.

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