Exxon Cigarettes

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Underage smokers are going to find it harder to buy cigarettes at some gas and convenience stores.

That's the plan in a deal struck yesterday by ExxonMobil Corporation and attorneys general from 43 states, including Virginia.

The company will hire an outside firm to conduct checks to see if employees sell tobacco to children. ExxonMobil will also implement a new employee training program to teach clerks to check I-Ds.

Self-service displays and distribution of free tobacco product samples on store property will also vanish, and a security camera will monitor compliance.

The agreement applies to ExxonMobil's more than 16,000 gas stations nationwide.

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