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Smokes sting comes up empty

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Gazette Staff
August 20, 2008

Recent attempts to get retailers to sell smokes to underage buyers came up empty in Janesville.


The WI Wins Program and the Rock County Youth2Youth report that none of the 31 retailers visited would sell tobacco products to minors.


The organizations report that in 2001, 35 percent of Wisconsin businesses sold to underage youths, while only 5 percent did so in 2006.


"All retails clerks can and should do the right thing for Wisconsin by refusing to sell to minors, and we are proud of the Janesville retailers who are doing just that," the organizations said in their news release.


More checks of local retailers will be done in the future, the organizations said.


Training is available for Wisconsin retailers. For information, go to www.wisconsinwins.com or call Rock County Youth2Youth at (608) 365-1244.



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