For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Bob Cooper
(208) 334-4112

Date: October 8, 2008

Wasden: Shell Oil Agrees to Curb Tobacco Sales to Minors

(Boise) - Shell Oil Products US and its joint venture, Motiva Enterprises, LLC, have agreed to take steps to reduce the sale of cigarettes to minors in approximately 14,000 gas stations nationwide, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden announced. Idaho joined 46 other states and the District of Columbia in the agreement with Shell.

“Shell and Motiva join ten other retailers who have signed agreements with the State of Idaho to reduce the sale of tobacco products to Idaho children,” Attorney General Wasden said. “I commend Shell and the other retailers in Idaho for their effort to stop illegal tobacco sales to protect young Idahoans.”

Under the terms of the agreement, Shell and Motiva have agreed to follow the “best practices” developed by the Attorneys General in consultation with public health researchers and state and federal tobacco control officials.

Terms of the agreement include:

  • Providing comprehensive training of retail personnel regarding laws prohibiting tobacco sales to minors,
  • Performing independent compliance checks to monitor sales practices at certain convenience stores at Shell stations and
  • There will be potential sanctions against contract operators that sell tobacco to minors.

Studies have shown that most adult smokers begin smoking before the age of 18 and that young people are particularly susceptible to the hazards of tobacco, often showing signs of addiction after smoking only a few cigarettes.

Wasden has previously reached similar agreements with First Regional Bank, the Kroger Company, CVS Pharmacy, Inc., Chevron Products Company, Conoco Phillips, 7-Eleven, Inc., Rite Aid Corporation, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Exon Mobile Corporation and Walgreen Company.

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