City of Lincoln announces tobacco compliance check results
September 20, 2013, Tobacco retailers were inspected for the first of three rounds of compliance checks to be conducted on all tobacco retailers within the community. A total of sixteen (16) tobacco retailers were inspected and one (1) was found to be in violation of the law by selling tobacco to a minor.
The compliance checks are performed to determine if local tobacco retailers are complying with state and local minimum age tobacco laws which prohibit the sale of tobacco to persons under the age of 18. With the help from a grant awarded by the Illinois Liquor Control Commission’s “Kids Can’t Buy ‘Em Here” Tobacco Enforcement Program, the City of Lincoln educates local tobacco retailers on minimum age tobacco laws and the importance of verifying the age of customers before selling age-restrictive products such as tobacco.
“The Lincoln Police Department is proud to take part in this initiative to ensure that minors are not being sold tobacco products in violation of the age requirements. Our goal is to gain 100% compliance however, we are pleased with the results for our first round of inspections”, stated Deputy Chief Michael Geriets.