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Kudos to retailers who follow law

This Thanksgiving, the Northwest Wisconsin Tobacco Free Coalition would like to say, thank you to the retailers of Ashland, Bayfield, Douglas, Iron, Sawyer and Washburn counties that did not sell tobacco products to minors in this year’s Wisconsin Wins compliance checks. Although there was an overall increase in sales this year, the majority of retailers followed the law and are helping to keep our kids healthier and safer.

The Wisconsin Wins program is a science-based, statewide initiative designed to decrease youth access to tobacco products. According to the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, 2,900 Wisconsin youth become new daily smokers each year. When tobacco retailers such as convenience stores, grocery stores or bars make the choice to say no, what they are really saying no to is tobacco’s deadly addiction.

The next time you’re at the store and you hear a clerk ask for an ID for a tobacco purchase, please join the coalition in saying thank you. Together, we can prevent the sale of tobacco products to minors and help keep our kids healthy and safe.

For more information about the Wisconsin Wins program, visit www.wiwins.org or contact me at 218-726-4757 for local information.

Amanda Michaelson,

Northwest Wisconsin

Tobacco Free Coalition

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