The vast majority of Iowa’s tobacco retailers aren’t selling cigarettes or other tobacco products to minors, state officials reported Thursday.
The Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division, a state agency charged with ensuring tobacco products are not sold to youth, said 93 percent of Iowa’s tobacco retailers were found compliant during checks conducted in the past state fiscal year, which ended June 30, 2013.
That ties fiscal year 2010 for the highest compliance rate achieved since the state began tracking tobacco compliance in 1994, officials said.
Most of Iowa’s 3,400 tobacco outlets were checked at least once during the state fiscal year, said Stephen Larson, administrator of the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division. The state agency, in coordination with 193 local law enforcement partners and the Iowa State Patrol, conducted 3,500 compliance checks statewide. A total of 245 sales to minors were made. Twenty-seven counties were found to be 100 percent compliant.