The Download: Hiding Cigs to Curb Teen Smoking?

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Teens may be less likely to puff away if stores make cigarettes less visible, a new study suggests.

With the passing of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009, states and local governments were legally allowed to place restrictions on cigarette advertising and placement.

Researchers sent more than 1,200 youths — ages 13 to 17 — into a simulated online convenience store on a virtual reality game.

They were asked to pick four items from the store. While the virtual cabinet behind the counter was closed, less teens tried to buy cigarettes. But when the smokes were in plain view, that number increased.

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