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New Tobacco Law In Effect Thursday

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RALEIGH — A new era of federal regulations on tobaccoproducts begins at midnight. There will now be tougher controls on thesale and marketing of cigarettes and some other tobacco products.

The goal of the new regulations is to keep tobacco away from children.

Though the law prohibits anyone under age 18 from buying cigarettes, thenew law requires photo identification from anyone under the age of 27 inorder to prevent older-looking teens from purchasing tobacco.

In addition, no free samples of cigarettes will be given out and novending machines will be allowed except in areas that are off limits toteens. Displays and promotional materials must come down in retail outletsand virtually all cigarette advertising must be in black and white textonly.

The Commonwealth of Virginia has joined a tobacco industry lawsuitaimed at preventing the federal government from regulating tobacco.

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