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Retailers pass tobacco checks

Across Wisconsin, agencies and coalitions partner with local law enforcement in using a statewide campaign, called WI Wins, to support the decline of tobacco related diseases. WI Wins uses positive reinforcement to reduce illegal tobacco and nicotine sales to minors.

A program of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Tobacco Prevention and Control Program, WI Wins contracts with local partners to conduct countywide investigations of retailer compliance with the law. It congratulates local clerks who do not sell tobacco to youth, while educating those who would.

This approach creates community pride by reducing youth access to tobacco and nicotine products and providing youth a chance to make a difference in their community. Local initiatives also include retailer education and training, media outreach and community education.

The Northwest Wisconsin Tobacco-Free Coalition is the WI Wins contractor for Douglas County and would like to congratulate the following establishments for passing recent compliance checks. All establishments listed below required the 16- or 17-year-old volunteer to present an ID when attempting to purchase tobacco or nicotine products. These establishments are working hard to keep our community safe by keeping tobacco products out of the hands of minors.

They include Cenex, Brule Standard Spur Service Station, Midland Service and Kro Bar in Brule; M&M Y Go By, J&K's Halfway House and ICO in Gordon; Dollar General, St. Croix Inn and Ole's Country Foods in Solon Springs; the Roadhouse in Hawthorne; Bridges Tavern in Lake Nebagamon; and Superior retailers, Holiday Station Stores on East Second Street, Tower Avenue and Belknap Street, two Krist Food Marts along East Second Street, both Kwik Trips along East Second Street, Kwik Trips on Belknap Street, Hammond and Banks avenues, both Super One Foods stores, Dodgies East End Tavern, Belknap Lounge & Liquor, Family Dollar, Dollar General, Freedom Valu Center, Keyport Liquor Outlet and Lounge, Globe News, Capri Bar, Hammond Food-N-Fuel, Walgreens, Superior Little Store, Wal-Mart, Four Corners General Store, Amnicon Campground and JT's Bar & Grill.

Charmaine Swan

Manager, tobacco control, Northwest Wisconsin Tobacco-Free Coalition

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