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Marshall Islands cracks down on illegal tobacco sales

Marshall Islands cracks down on illegal tobacco sales

Updated 6 October 2014, 12:23 AEDT

Successful NGO-police cooperation has virtually halted the illegal sale of tobacco products to minors on Ebeye Island in the Marshall Islands, but the successful enforcement has come with a price: the sale of betel nut, banned by local government ordinance, has shifted from stores to "mobile sellers" who carry it in backpacks and sell betel nut at local sports courts where young people congregate.

A survey last week showed over 90 percent of businesses on Ebeye are complying with the tobacco and betel nut laws. But surveyors also discovered that police are involved in selling the betel nut, which is officially banned from Ebeye by local government law.

Presenter: Richard Ewart

Speaker: Giff Johnson, editor, Marshall Islands Journal.

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