January 2004


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A sign warns that minors may not purchase tobacco
A store warning to patrons (CNS-TV file photo)

State Touts Teen Smoking Decline, But Figures Don't Add Up

Maryland has boasted declining cigarette sales to minors for the last seven years, but a review of state data shows the state uses questionable tactics known to inflate statistics and make compliance with the law look better than it is.


More Coverage from CNS...

Making Lighting Up Illegal

Smoking Ban Bill Dies (Jan. 22, 2004)
Public Smoking Ban Gets Legislative Airing (Feb. 27, 2003)

State Stores Becoming Off-Limits to Teen Smokers
(Dec. 11, 2003)

Restaurants Lose Fight for Temporary Stop to Smoking Ban
(Oct. 8, 2003)

Smoking Prevention

Report Gives Maryland Mixed Reviews on Smoking Prevention
(Sept. 30, 2003) 
Maryland's High Ranking in Anti-Tobacco Spending Jeopardized by Budget Cuts (Jan. 23, 2003)
Ehrlich Makes Mental Health Happy, But Tobacco, Cancer Programs Take Hit (
Jan. 22, 2003)

The Buy Out

Tobacco Buyout Creates Market Vacuum That Amish Farmers Fill (March 19, 2004)
Tobacco Farmers Take Buy Out with Reservations (March 2, 2001)
Governor Tries to Increase Takers (Jan. 26, 2001)
Buyout Program Could Hurt Amish Growers (Nov. 27, 2000)
Buyout Response Could Determine Tobacco Future (Oct. 22, 2000)

The Market

State Tobacco Auction Brings Higher Prices (April 6, 2004)
Maryland Farmers Grumble About Low Tobacco Prices in Troubled Market (March 23, 2001)
Maryland Among States Targeted for Tobacco Fees
(March 14, 2001)
Going to Market: Maryland's Tobacco Industry is Selling Out
(March 9, 2001)
Maryland Professor's Research May Give Dying Tobacco Market New Life
(March 2, 2001)

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Special report produced by Sonia Kumar in spring 2001; updated by Daina Klimanis in spring 2004


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