The Lakeshore Tobacco Prevention Network, in partnership with the Door County Sheriff’s Department, conducted “Wisconsin Wins” tobacco compliance checks in Door County earlier this year. The program found that there were more sales of tobacco products to minors in the county than ever before. Deputy Chris Neuville, Sheriff’s Department Juvenile Investigator, says it’s important that tobacco be kept out of the hands of young people under the age of 18…[audio:http://www.wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/N1047.mp3|titles=Chris Neuville]
Neuville says the irony is that, in most cases, identification was requested. However, there was confusion over what is the proper ID…[audio:http://www.wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/N1048.mp3|titles=Chris Neuville]
The Lakeshore Tobacco Prevention Network & local law enforcement has indicated that more tobacco compliance checks are expected this year. Selling tobacco to a minor can result in a Door County ordinance citation of $200.50. The City of Sturgeon Bay has its own ordinance in which the citation calls for a fine of $389.50. Both retailers & employees who make illegal sales of tobacco products to minors are subject to fines.