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Resource ID: #20799
Source:KOMU-TV (Columbia, Mo.)
KOMU-TV investigates Missouri's Youth Access Law, which aims to stop smoking among minors. It makes it illegal for teens to purchase and posses tobacco products. The consequences of teens getting caught is a court summons and fine. This threat has not stopped teens from smoking. This past year budget cuts have left Mid-Missouri with three agents in the Division of Tobacco and Alcohol Control. Minimal staff has contributed to less teens being caught for smoking. The investigation found that it's difficult for a full staff to catch teens from smoking, and now that there's fewer staff, the law is for the most part, ineffective.