For the last decade, the Tobacco Education Coalition (TEC) has
mounted a tremendously successful effort to limit the number of
illegal sales of tobacco products to youth under age 18.
Despite being underage, in the early 2000s, youth who attempted
to purchase cigarettes in the community were able to do so more
than 50% of the time.
Through the establishment of partnerships with youth, schools,
parents, law enforcement, and retailers, the number of documented
youth sales has dropped dramatically.