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Nevada Co Stores Sell Too Much Unhealthy Stuff

Following up on a 2013 survey, the Nevada County Health Department says even more local stores are prominently displaying alcohol and tobacco products compared to healthier options. The latest survey of 83 random stores shows that 98% sold sweet, fruity, malt liquor beverages, also known as “Alco-pops”. It also shows that the availability of e-cigarettes has grown another 22%. Health Education Coordinator, Shannon Glaz, says only 9% of stores advertised healthy products on their storefronts, while 67% were for what’s considered unhealthy products…

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The survey says 40% of stores near schools have storefronts advertising unhealthy products, with more than 76% selling sugary drinks and more than 42% of displays selling tobacco products. Glaz says the Health Department recently convinced the Nevada City Council to revise tobacco retail license requirements…

click to listen to Shannon Glaz

In addition to selling cigarettes, the survey says 94% of stores sell sweet-flavored “little cigars”, also known as cigarillos, but only 64% sell fresh fruits and vegetables. 54% sell non-or-low-fat milk, but 90% sell alcohol.

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