MADIGAN, 39 ATTORNEYS GENERAL REACH AGREEMENT TO CURB TOBACCO SALES TO MINORS AT CIRCLE K STORES
Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan joined 38 other states and the District of Columbia today to announce an agreement with Circle K Stores Inc. and Mac’s Convenience Stores LLC to prevent the sale of tobacco to children and teens. The agreement will impose compliance checks and increase training for the companies’ 4,000 convenience stores nationwide, including more than 250 locations in Illinois, all of which sell tobacco products.
“Many adult smokers start their habit at an early age,” Attorney General Madigan said. “By preventing teens’ access to cigarettes, we’re working to deter them from picking up this deadly habit.”
Circle K, Dairymart and On The Run stores will now comprehensively train retail personnel, conduct independent compliance checks to monitor sales. The agreement comes as part of the attorneys general ongoing, multistate enforcement effort and incorporates methods to prevent underage tobacco access developed by the group and public health experts and tobacco control officials.
Madigan said the multistate effort responds to studies that show the majority of adult smokers started before they reached 18, that youth show signs of addiction after smoking only a few cigarettes and that the younger a person begins smoking the more likely they are unable to quit and will suffer from a tobacco-related disease.
Previous multistate agreements reached by Madigan and the attorneys general have affected gas station convenience stores selling fuel under the Conoco, Phillips 66 or 76, Exxon, Mobil, BP Amoco, Shell, Valero, ARCO and Chevron brand names, and retail and pharmacy chains Kroger, 7-Eleven, Walgreens, Rite Aid, CVS and Walmart.
The agreement with Circle K includes the following terms: