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Kids buying smokes in Georgia

Illegal sales to minors big in the state

Kids are illegally lighting up a lot in Georgia. Our state has the fifteenth highest rate of retailers breaking laws aimed at stopping the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products to underage youths, according to a new federal study.

Georgia's rate of 10.3 was above the national average of 9.1, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration report. The rate is the percentage of inspected retail outlets that illegally sold tobacco products to underage shoppers.

The worst violator was Oregon with 17.9 percent, while the lowest rate was 1.8 percent in Maine and Mississippi.