LEWISTON — Healthy Androscoggin announces that Lewiston Variety, Shaw’s Supermakert in Lewiston and Elizabeth Ann have been recognized for their efforts to curb marketing of tobacco to youth.

They have become a Star Store as a responsible retailer who takes seriously the role as a community member in reducing the visibility of tobacco advertising to children.

The objective of the Star Store program is to reduce the amount of minors’ exposure to tobacco promotional messaging in retail stores, such as special price and discount signage, free branded promotional items, and general tobacco company in-store posters, signs, and other visible logos. The Star Store program works in combination with NO BUTS! (Blocking Underage Tobacco Sales), the Maine Center for Disease Control program to stop the illegal sale of tobacco to minors.

Healthy Androscoggin seeks community support of healthy lifestyles by promoting five main goals: 1. Support tobacco-free lifestyles. 2. Prevent substance abuse use. 3. Encourage physical activity. 4. Promote healthy eating. 5. Prevent childhood lead poisoning.

For more information about Healthy Androscoggin call 795-5990 or go to: www.healthyandroscoggin.org.

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