Tennessee Single Cigarette Sellers Warned

By: David Hutton

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/Theloop) — If your a student who smokes changes could be coming in the state of Tennessee that could effect you.  State agencies are warning tobacco retailers to stop selling individual cigarettes that can be as cheap as 25 cents a piece, but pose a health threat to young people.

The state Attorney General’s Office has notified 23 retailers who are allegedly selling single cigarettes that have been removed from the packs, called “loosies.”

Retailers could face penalties up to $1,000 per violation for selling single cigarettes. Because of the low price of single cigarettes, health officials are concerned it may attract young people as an easy, affordable way to start smoking.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.

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