Stores Doing their Part to Protect Youth from Tobacco
Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:47:27 EST
In statewide inspections, 89.3 percent of retailers refrained from selling tobacco to minors under age 18, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced.
This is the 17th consecutive year Michigan vendors have complied with the federal minimum rate of 80 percent. The 2017 rate represents a 2.8 percentage-point improvement from last year, the MDHHS Office of Recovery Oriented Systems of Care said.“Deterring tobacco sales to youth is critical to reducing the negative health effects and deaths caused by smoking and tobacco use,” said Nick Lyon, MDHHS director.“
States that fall below the 80 percent minimum compliance rate are subject to a penalty of 40 percent from their federal Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant funding. For Michigan, this could mean more than $22 million.
During the summer of 2017, MDHHS conducted random unannounced inspections statewide to measure the rate of illegal sales of tobacco to Michigan youth. A youth inspector visits the retailer, attempts to make a tobacco purchase, and records the results. An adult chaperone drives the youth inspectors and oversees the purchase attempts.