Sales of tobacco to minors decline

Only three Malden tobacco retailers failed sales compliance checks in the previous 12 months, down significantly from the previous year, according to the city’s Board of Health. Of 64 tobacco retailers, three failed inspections that checked whether the stores would sell products to minors. In fiscal year 2012, 33 of 66 stores sold to minors, according to an announcement from the city. The results in fiscal year 2012 prompted the city to ban the sale of tobacco products at pharmacies and require a minimum price of $2.50 for cigars in an effort to reduce youth tobacco purchases. Two of the three violators in fiscal year 2013, Linden Convenience and Malden Mini Mart, were repeat offenders and had their tobacco licenses suspended for seven days.