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Each year, a Sauk County Wisconsin Wins Team, which consists of an adult supervisor and area youth, conducts tobacco compliance checks at local businesses. They record whether or not the underage youth are able to purchase tobacco products from the retailers.

During the past round of tobacco compliance checks, most Baraboo, Sauk Prairie, Reedsburg, Lake Delton and Wisconsin Dells retailers upheld the law and refused the sale of tobacco to our underage youth. There were 58 tobacco compliance checks completed in Sauk County in 2018 from June through November. Out of the 58 local businesses that were checked, there were 10 sales of tobacco products to minors; leaving a success rate of 83 percent. A special acknowledgement to the local businesses should be made for making the commitment to keep our youth tobacco-free and follow the law.

Tobacco retailers, along with parents and our local community, must work to keep tobacco products out of the hands of kids. Next time you see your local retailer check an ID, say “thank you” for helping keep our youth healthy. If we work together, we can help Wisconsin Win.

Tara Noye, South Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free Coalition, Mauston