Baton Rouge --- A 2004 report on tobacco sales to minors reveals Louisiana still is doing a good job of extinguishing youth access to cigarettes and other tobacco products. The state boasts one of the lowest noncompliance (tobacco sales to youth) rates in the nation.

Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary Dr. Fred Cerise, Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control Commissioner Murphy Painter and LDH Office for Addictive Disorders Assistant Secretary Michael Duffy will host a press conference Tuesday, July 6 to announce the results of this study.

The press conference will take place at the Cracker Barrel Convenience Store, 4245 Nicholson Drive, at 10 a.m. This particular Cracker Barrel location, along with many other convenience stores statewide, has never received a violation for selling tobacco products to youth under 18.

Media are invited to attend and take still pictures or video footage. Please call the LDH Bureau of Media and Communications at (225) 342-1532 if you have any questions.

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