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Room for improvement on tobacco sales to minors

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A new study shows store clerks in Dane County are getting better at not selling tobacco to minors.

But, the authors of the study says there needs to be more progress.

The "Wisconsin Wins" program sent minors into 313 businesses in the county in 2013.
Clerks sold them tobacco at 28 of those places; that's about 9%, which is down from last year.

But, the "Wins" coordinator says that's no reason to celebrate.

"It's an improvement from where we were 10 years ago when 33 percent of all businesses sold to minors, but one in ten or about 9 percent is not good enough. We know that we can do better than that," said Lyle Burmeister.

He says vendors are key to keeping tobacco out of the hands of minors.

Surveys show about 47,000 Wisconsin high school students use tobacco.

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