More tobacco being sold to minors

TRI-CITIES, Wash. -- More clerks are selling tobacco to minors.

During sting operations last year, 15 percent of retailers in Washington sold tobacco to kids. That's up significantly from five years ago, when just nine percent of retailers were caught selling to kids.

Here locally, we're right about average.

In Benton County, almost 18 percent of stores sold to minors. Franklin County was about 15 and half percent.

If the state average goes over 20 percent, Washington could lose major federal funding for prevention programs.