Checks to see if retailers are selling tobacco products to minors will be expanded to include e-cigarettes, the Chippewa County Department of Public Health said.
The change is being made in the statewide Wisconsin Wins program, because teens’ use of e-cigarettes is growing. Some e-cigarettes make themselves more attractive to youths by offering candy or fruit flavors.
The Wisconsin Youth Survey in 2014 shows 7.9 percent of high school students use e-cigarettes. The national figure in 2013 was 4.5 percent of high school students.
Statewide, 6.4 percent of retailers sell tobacco products to minors. But in the compliance checks in Chippewa County last year put that figure at 1.6 percent.
“Regular compliance checks are important to make sure that our youth are not easily accessing a product that can addict them and cause negative health effects,” said Jennifer Lenbom, the coordinator of the county Wisconsin Wins program.
Retailers passing the checks are thanked by the Chippewa County Department of Public Health.