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Area Businesses Commended for Complying with Tobacco Laws

27 Dec News

An area group aimed at preventing underage tobacco use is thanking retailers for complying with that law.

The Wisconsin Wins Program is a campaign designed to decrease youth access to tobacco products.The program was launched in the spring of 2002, and since then the Oneida County Health Department (OCHD) has been conducting retail compliance checks in a six county area to establish retailer compliance with the law.

The program design uses a positive reinforcement strategy to support retailers who refuse to sell tobacco to minors. The Department of Health Services (DHS) contracts with local partners, including health departments and other human service agencies, to conduct investigations to determine retailer compliance.

The OCHD would like to thank seventy retailers between Lincoln and Oneida Counties for complying with the law and not selling tobacco to youth under 18 years of age in those two counties.

This comes just a few weeks after a study released from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services saying that teen smoking is on the decline in the state of Wisconsin.