Convenience Stores Still Sell Cigarettes to Minors

      June 10, 2016 11:40

      One in three convenience stores in Seoul has sold cigarettes to minors, the Seoul Metropolitan Government said Thursday.

      The estimate was the result of monitoring 1,300 convenience stores in Seoul for illegal cigarette sales to minors from March 28 to April 29, which found that 406 or 31.2 percent had done so.

      But the proportion is down from 48.4 percent or nearly half in similar screening last year.

      Of the 406 stores that sold cigarettes to minors, 48 stores sold them only after asking about customers' age but without checking ID, but the rest did not bother to ask customers' age.  Only 145 stores or 11.1 percent asked customers' age and demanded ID.

      The city is going to send a warning letter to the stores that sold cigarettes to minors.

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