The Mountain State Works to Combat Underage Use of Tobacco

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A new initiative for naming September as “We-Card Awareness” month has been put into place by Governor Tomblin. 59 News caught up with the community on how they feel this can keep tobacco out of the hands of minors.

Just like any other mother, Beth Pettry wants to keep her kids safe and out of the hands of trouble. Hearing about the new initiative stores are taking with strictly carding minors makes her happy. “Cause I don’t want mine just going out here able to get anything, anytime, anywhere,” says Pettry.

Tobacco and alcohol can be dangerous if put into the hands of children. The mother of 3 boys says she believes this will prevent her children from getting involve with that trouble.

“It’s a really bad habit and I don’t want them to ever pick it up,” says Pettry

Here in Southern West Virginia it won’t be easy for a minor to walk out of a store with a tobacco. “We definitely card for tobacco products and obviously alcohol,” says Caitlin Gillespie.

This crackdown is all part of Governor Tomblin’s plan to combat the underage use of tobacco. With the dangers of lung cancer, together the Mountain State can keep these products out of the hands of minors.

“Always ID if you don’t think they’re old enough, always ID,” says Gillespie.

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