Each year Buffalo County tobacco retailers are checked for tobacco sales to minors, called compliance checks. A compliance check involves training and supervising a youth (under the age of 18) to try buying a tobacco product at a tobacco-licensed establishment. In 2016, approximately one out of every five investigations (21.4 percent) led to a sale. That percent has decreased, as 33.3 percent of investigations in 2014 resulted in tobacco being sold to a minor.
Buffalo County’s 2016 compliance checks were conducted by the 7 C’s Health Initiative of La Crosse at the following locations: Alma Kwik Trip; Buffalo City B&S Express; Fountain City Kwik Trip; Gilmanton G-Mart and Leebo’s; and, in Mondovi, Dregney’s Double DZ-2, Porky’s Pub, Joe’s Shop Kwik, White Pig Tavern, Super America, and Dollar General.
Through positive reinforcement and free retailer training, the 7 C’s Health Initiative and the Wisconsin Wins program hope to eliminate all illegal sales of tobacco products to minors in the future.
“Next time you see a clerk ask for identification (ID), thank the clerk for doing their part to keep tobacco out of the hands of youth,” said Jacyln Fisher, Buffalo County public health nurse. “When clerks don’t sell to minors, Wisconsin wins!”
For more information, visit www.wiwins.org and follow the Buffalo County Public Health Department and 7 C’s Health Initiative on Facebook.