NWTFC highlights tobacco compliance checks, online training for retailers

The Northwoods Tobacco-Free Coalition (NWTFC) recently highlighted the positive impacts of tobacco compliance checks and provided information on training for retailers.
In a release, NWTFC said early all commercial tobacco use begins during a person’s teens and young adulthood.
“While the legal purchasing age for tobacco products is 21 years old, many middle school and high school youth report nicotine use,” NWTFC said.
“Preventing youth access to tobacco is crucial for the health and well-being of our communities,” said Moriah Gross, Wisconsin Wins Coordinator for the NWTFC.
Wisconsin Wins is a statewide initiative that focuses on preventing youth access to tobacco products through retailer education, training, and inspections. NWTFC coordinates the Wisconsin Wins program in six counties – Florence, Forest, Lincoln, Oneida, Price, and Vilas.
Year-round inspections, also known as compliance checks, help ensure underage individuals cannot purchase commercial tobacco products from local retailers. Tobacco retailers are subject to unannounced inspections from both the state’s Wisconsin Wins program and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a condition of holding a tobacco license.
NWTFC said retailers are a “valuable line of defense in preventing youth access to commercial tobacco.”
Free online training is available to educate retailers and their employees about tobacco laws. The training can assist retailers in further understanding their responsibilities and how to properly comply with the law.
“We are thankful for the support from our valuable retailers,” NWTFC said. “Together, we can help ensure tobacco remains out of the hands of our youth.”
Free online training and tools are available at WITobaccoCheck.org.
To learn more about Wisconsin Wins, visit wiwins.org or contact Gross at [email protected].

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