Health survey leads to more criticism of tobacco advertising
A survey of 7,000 tobacco retailers in California found that 37 percent of such stores were within walking distances of schools in Santa Cruz County, greater than the state average of 27 percent.
In Salinas, about 50 percent of stores admitted to selling tobacco to minors, said Dale Hillard, chairman of the Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Monterey.
These were some of the startling facts to come out of the survey conducted by public health officials and community volunteers. The survey was presented as part of a series of news conferences across the state, including one Wednesday at the Monterey County Health Department.