Tobacco sales sting shows promising results

Shawano County scored well on a recent round of tobacco compliance checks, performed during the summer by the WI Wins program and Community Action for Healthy Living Inc. Out of 24 retailers checked in Shawano, Bonduel, Birnamwood, Marion and Cecil, only one illegal tobacco sale was made.

The results speak well for the retailers and their staff members who are trained to check IDs when selling tobacco products, said Connie Olson, Community Action for Healthy Living health educator. “By not selling tobacco products to underage youth, Shawano County wins and so does Wisconsin,” Olson said.

The purpose of the WI Wins program is to reduce the number of illegal tobacco sales to Wisconsin minors, “thus hoping to make a dent in the number of youth who may become nicotine-addicted adults,” Olson said. She added that more checks are coming and the project will not be successful until all establishments refuse to sell to underage youth. “Our goal is to stop the illegal sales of tobacco to minors.”

Free online training is available for Wisconsin retailers at www.WITobaccoCheck.org.