Eau Claire County (WQOW) - Eau Claire City-County Health Department is expanding checks on local tobacco retailers to include e-cigarettes after survey results show that e-cig use among adolescents doubled between 2013 and 2014.
Health department officials said the change is being made through the statewide Wisconsin Wins program to address the rising popularity of e-cigarettes among minors. Wisconsin Wins was launched in 2002 as part of a comprehensive approach to prevent youth access to tobacco.
“The Wisconsin Wins program not only works to keep tobacco out of minor’s hands, but also congratulates retailers that make the decision to not sell. 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,” Wisconsin Wins Coordinator for Eau Claire County Deb Tackmann said.
In Eau Claire County 9.7 percent of tobacco retailers sell to minors in 2014. Health officials say that conducting compliance checks is a best practice strategy used to continue to decrease the number of sales in Eau Claire County.