Iowa’s tobacco compliance rate ties record high
ANKENY — Iowa’s tobacco retailers continue to make steady progress in the fight to keep tobacco products out of the hands of Iowa’s youth.
The Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division, the state agency charged with ensuring tobacco products are not sold to vulnerable youth, announced today that 93 percent of Iowa’s tobacco retailers were found compliant during compliances checks conducted this past fiscal year. This ties fiscal year 2010 for the highest compliance rate achieved since the state began tracking tobacco compliance in 1994.
Most of Iowa’s 3,400 tobacco outlets were checked at least once during the year. The ABD, in coordination with 193 local law enforcement partners and the Iowa State Patrol, conducted 3,500 compliance checks statewide. Only 245 sales to minors were made. Twenty-seven counties were found to be 100 percent compliant.
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