is a significant problem in Albuquerque as well as across the nation.
In fact, underage smoking is currently at a 19-year high.
One reason is the ease that underage smokers can purchase cigarettes
and tobacco products. The New Mexico Department of Public Safety (DPS) reports
that convenience stores and gas stations are some of the worst offenders.
Conroy Chino, KOB-TV "4 Wants To Know" conducted an
investigative report of illegal tobacco sales in Albuquerque during November
1998. MASCOT provides a pictorial summary of Mr. Chino's enlightening work.