City of Lincoln receives a grant to reduce youth access to tobacco
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[August 28, 2013]
The city of Lincoln has been
chosen by the Illinois Liquor Control Commission to receive a $1,700
grant to continue a comprehensive educational and enforcement
program addressing minimum-age tobacco laws.
"We are pleased to receive this grant to enhance our efforts to
reduce youth access to tobacco products. The health of the children
in our community is very important," said Deputy Chief Michael
The Illinois Liquor
Control Commission, the state's lead agency in developing
strategies to reduce the illegal sale of tobacco products to minors,
annually awards $1 million in grants to communities that implement
Tobacco Enforcement Program. Participating communities provide
education to their retailers in addition to the enforcement
component of compliance checks.
All tobacco retailers will receive the commission's
Tobacco Retailer Kit, which includes a review of state
minimum-age tobacco laws, required signage and training guides for
their personnel. In addition, each tobacco retailer will receive
three compliance checks.
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Tobacco retailers within the entire program currently average
over 90 percent compliance, and Illinois is ranked seventh
nationwide in Synar tobacco retailer compliance rates. The most
recent tobacco compliance check conducted in Lincoln resulted in 100
percent compliance from its retailers.
For additional information, call the Lincoln Police Department at
[Text from file received from the
Lincoln Police Department]