Congratulations to the many clerks and retailers throughout Kewaunee County for consistently requesting and checking IDs. Every year in Wisconsin more than 7,000 new kids below the age of 18 become daily smokers, according to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. Re:TH!NK, the Lakeshore Tobacco Prevention Network and Wisconsin WINS, a program working to prevent tobacco sales to minors, conduct unannounced tobacco sale inspections at local tobacco retail outlets throughout Kewaunee County to track retailer compliance with Wisconsin tobacco sales laws. Eighty-five percent of retailers were in compliance with the law; they did not sell tobacco products to youth under age 18.
Cath Pape, coordinator of re:TH!NK, will host a free training this fall for Kewaunee retailers selling tobacco products to ensure they understand and comply with the law. “Our research shows that when retailers have trained staff their rate of sales to minors is less. We want to make sure all retailers are aware of the free resource Smokecheck.org. We all want our youth to make healthy choices,” reminds Pape.
To register for a fall retailer training, contact Pape at 920.652.0238.