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Valero Oil joins crackdown on sale of tobacco

April 7, 2010 12:26:11 AM PDT
Valero Oil has joined a growing list of companies who have agreed to crack down on underage people trying to buy tobacco products.The state Attorney General's Office announced the agreement Wednesday. "Valero has finally joined the growing list of companies that have made a commitment to prevent illegal access to tobacco," said Attorney General Jerry Brown in a statement.

There are more than 900 Valero stations in California. Valero doesn't own or operate all the convenience stores at those stations but has agreed to procedures to reduce tobacco sales to minors at the outlets.

Brown's office led a nationwide investigation of tobacco-selling practices at stores at Valero stations.

Other oil companies, including Conoco, Phillips 66, 76, Exxon, Mobil, BP, ARCO, Chevron and Shell have also signed agreements to curb sales of tobacco products to minors at convenience stores located at their service stations.