Evanston police say a sting operation they conducted this month showed that only two of 44 businesses tested sold cigarettes to testers who were under 18 years of age.

The police used five local young people to enter the stores and attempt to by cigarettes while being monitored by police investigators.

Commander Tom Guenther says that as a result of the sting clerks at two convenience stores — at 927 Davis St. and 1560 Sherman Ave. — who failed to ask the youngsters for proof they were at least 18 years old — were cited for ordinance violations.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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