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Stores more likely to sell beer than cigarettes to minors: study

TORONTO, On. – Minors are more likely to get away with illegally purchasing a six-pack of beer rather than a pack of cigarettes, according to a survey commissioned by The Ontario Convenience Stores Association (OCSA).

Statopex Field Marketing carried out the findings, and trained a group of minors to find out what they could get away with easier — buying cigarettes or alcohol.

A quarter of the underage shoppers were able to buy beer at LCBO, one-fifth at Beer Stores and one-eighth successfully purchased cigarettes from chain convenience stores.

The head of the Convenience Stores Association told The Toronto Star, the survey was not about trying to convince the province that convenience stores should be allowed to sell beer and wine. But he said they would ask a future government about that possibility.

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