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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Wisconsin Teens Buying Fewer Illegal Tobacco Products


  MADISON (AP) — Illegal tobacco sales to minors in Wisconsin have dropped again. 

    A report released Wednesday by Gov. Jim Doyle shows that only 4.7 percent of retail outlets illegally sold to minors in 2010. That’s down from 5.7 percent the previous year. 

    The numbers are based on random statewide compliance checks. The federal target rate for noncompliance is 20 percent. 

    Wisconsin has come in under that rate for the past eight years. 

    Failing to meet that goal would put about $10 million of federal block grant money to be used for substance abuse prevention and treatment into jeopardy. 

    It is illegal to sell tobacco to anyone under age 18. 

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