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North Carolina Cracks Down on Teen Smokers

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RALEIGH — If North Carolina plans to crack down onteen smoking, it needs enforceable laws. That's according to StateAttorney General Mike Easley.

Easley told the group North Carolinians for Tobacco-Free Kids that hewill propose changes to the current laws next week when the legislaturereturns. Right now it is illegal for anyone under age 18 to buy tobacco,but the state has to prove a clerk knowingly made the sale to a minorbefore it can prosecute.

Easley says the goal is simple, but we need tools to reach it.

Easley adds he will propose removing the word "knowingly" from thepresent law. He also says he wants to ban tobacco vending machines fromareas where minors can get to them, and require photo identificationchecks for the sale of tobacco

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