- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 19, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Health Department has released results of a survey that says retail tobacco advertising remains prevalent and visible to young people around the state.

Youth and adult volunteers working with the department’s Counter Balance program assessed about three-quarters of the roughly 1,000 retail outlets selling tobacco in Vermont during 2014.

Among the findings: 12 percent of the retailers were located within 1,000 feet of a school or park. Among stores that sell tobacco, 70% of discount stores, 50% of convenience stores, and 28% of grocery stores had exterior tobacco advertising.

Among stores that sell tobacco, 40% of discount stores, 35% of pharmacies, 29% of convenience stores, and 16% of supermarkets placed tobacco ads at eye-level for a child - 3 feet from the floor.

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