cumberland reaches agreement in tobacco case

Payments and new regulations enforced to regulate sales.

Cumberland Farms Inc. has reached a settlement with the Mass. Attorney General’s Office of allegations that the company’s convenience stores “lacked proper procedures to curb tobacco sales to minors,” according

to the Providence Business News.

According to testing conducted by the Mass. Department of Public Health’s Tobacco Compliance Program, Cumberland Farms stores allegedly sold tobacco products to a minor 134 times between 2004 and the first half of 2006.

The final settlement called for a payment of $35,000 to the attorney general’s Local Consumer Aid Fund to help finance tobacco-related and other consumer programs. The agreement also requires Cumberland Farms to establish new training policies and programs enforcing ID checking, bringing in an outside company to perform random compliance checks and restricting tobacco advertising to tobacco display areas.

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