UPDATE: Anti-smoking groups say state needs to do more

UPDATED Tuesday, December 3, 2013 --- 12:26 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A coalition of anti-smoking groups say the state needs to do more to prevent young people from buying tobacco products.

Health First Wisconsin reacted Tuesday to figures released by the state Department of Health Services showing that over the past five years the rate of tobacco sales to minors increased from 4.7 percent to 7.3 percent.

Melissa Horn, government relations director for Health First Wisconsin, says more money needs to be spent on the state's tobacco control program, which carries out retailer compliance checks. Health First Wisconsin also advocates for more spending on anti-smoking education efforts.

State health officer Dr. Henry Anderson says everyone shares the goal of not selling tobacco products to children. He says the state wants to partner with retailers to stop sales to young people.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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Posted Tuesday, December 3, 2013 --- 4:50 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin state health officials are offering tips to help retailers avoid selling tobacco products to minors.

Free, online tools to help train retail staff in being able to check that a customer is old enough to buy tobacco products is available at www.smokecheck.org .

State health officer Dr. Henry Anderson says everyone shares the goal of not selling cigarettes and other tobacco products to children. He says the state wants to partner with retailers to stop sales to young people.

Over the past five years, the rate of tobacco sales to minors in Wisconsin has ranged from about 5 percent to 7 percent.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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