hngnews.com – 1 de Febrero de 2015 – EEUU
Teens are finding it easier to get their hands on tobacco according to a report released this week by Tobacco Free Columbia-Dane County Coalition.
Minors working with the Wisconsin Wins (WI Wins) compliance program were able to buy tobacco products from gas stations, convenience stores and pharmacies in record numbers last year.
“This is the highest non-compliance rates we have seen since 2006 in Dane County. While there have been ebbs and flows in our numbers this is a significant jump and we are concerned,” said Ryan Sheahan, coordinator for the Tobacco Free Columbia-Dane County Coalition.
The highest jump was in Dane County (excluding Madison) with sales more than tripling over last year. In Columbia County, there was a 12.4 percent sales rate for 2014, compared with a 7.2 percent in 2013.
While Sheahan says the reason behind the increase is unclear, the agency is doubling its efforts by educate their business owners and their employees on Wisconsin’s law prohibiting tobacco sales to those under 18.
“We are sending out letters to clerks in all licensed establishments to take the test at www.smokecheck.org to verify their knowledge,” Sheahan said. “Our biggest challenge is to help educate and train retailers and clerks since we consider them to be key partners in keeping tobacco out of the hands of youth.”
Pharmacies turned out to have the highest noncompliance rates in both counties last year, outpacing the more traditional venues of gas stations, convenience and groceries stores.
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