Group tests Janesville retailers for illegal tobacco sales

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Gazette staff
Saturday, July 30, 2011
— The WI Wins program and Youth2Youth group recently completed another survey as part of the tobacco industry access to youth project.

“The results in Janesville were average, where 58 retailers were visited and it was found that eight of them sold tobacco to underage youth,” said Debbie Fischer, Youth2Youth director, in a press release.

Janesville police reported citing:

-- Phillips 66, 2006 Center Ave.

-- Cork and Bottle, 1418 W. Memorial Drive.

-- Vine and Vat, 1507 Center Ave.

-- Mulligan’s, 3961 Milton Ave.

-- Kwik Trip, 2518 W. Court St.

-- Walgreens, 1740 Center Ave.

-- Citgo, 1002 S. Jackson St.

-- Cigarette Depot, 1527 Milton Ave.

By comparison, the last study involved visits to 43 Janesville businesses, and six made illegal tobacco sales, she said.

“Youth2Youth is proud of all the Janesville businesses that did not sell (to minors),” Fischer said.

WI Wins strives to reduce the number of tobacco sales to minors statewide, and that’s what’s happening, Fischer said.

In 2001, 35 percent of Wisconsin businesses sold to underage youth. Ten years later, studies show only 5 percent of the businesses sold, she said.

Youth2Youth and WI Wins believe this project will only be successful when all establishments refuse to sell tobacco products underage youth, Fischer said.

“Our goal is to stop the illegal sales of tobacco to minors, with the hope of making a dent in the number of youth who may become nicotine addicted adults,” she said.

For help

Smoke-check free online training is available for all Wisconsin retailers. For more information, visit wisconsinwins.com or call Youth2Youth at (608) 365-1244 Ext. 16.

Last updated: 5:47 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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