Submitted by Carrie Bechel, Pierce County Public Health Department

ELLSWORTH, WI – On behalf of Western Wisconsin Working for Tobacco-Free Living (W3TFL), we wish to thank all the tobacco retailers that were checked in 2016 and did not sell tobacco to minors during the Wisconsin Wins tobacco compliance checks.

The rate of retailers that sold across the state in 2016 is 7.2%, meaning 92.8% of the tobacco retailers across the state are in compliance with the law!

Western Wisconsin Working for Tobacco-Free Living completed the compliance checks in Barron County, Burnett County, Pierce County, Polk County, Rusk County and St. Croix County.  Overall between the six counties 38 retailers sold to minors during our checks this year, which means 85.4% of the establishments checked within the six counties are in compliance with the law which prohibits sales of tobacco to anyone under the age of 18!

  • Barron County had 1 sale to a minor – 97.8% of retailers are in compliance with the law!
  • Burnett County had 1 sale to a minor – 96.7% of retailers are in compliance with the law!
  • Pierce County had 11 sales to minors – 65.6% of retailers are in compliance with the law!
  • Polk County had 9 sales to minors – 84.5% of retailers are in compliance with the law!
  • Rusk County had 3 sales to minors – 86.4% of retailers are in compliance with the law!
  • St. Croix County had 13 sales to minors – 82.2% of retailers are in compliance with the law!

For more on local tobacco prevention control efforts:

Visit the W3TFL website:  www.W3TFL.org

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For more information on stopping the sale of tobacco to youth visit: www.smokecheck.org