The Superior Police Department has completed the Wisconsin WINS tobacco compliance checks for 2009. According to Capt. Matt Markon of the Superior Police Department, 18 of 56 retailers checked sold tobacco to a person under 18 years old.
State cuts to tobacco cessation funding have impacted youth as well. In the Maple School District, a project that has been warning students of the dangers of smoking for more than a dozen years faces extinction.
The Wisconsin Senate early Friday passed its version of a state budget that raises taxes on smokers by $300 million, then slashes a successful program by 55 percent that is reducing youth smoking and helping smokers quit.
The number of Wisconsin teenagers purchasing tobacco dropped significantly in 2007,
By KAWANZA NEWSON/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
, February 29, 2008
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