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Letter to the Editor: Congratulations, Green County retailers
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To the editor:

The Wisconsin Wins program, a state-level initiative aimed to decrease youth access to tobacco products, and the Southwest Alliance for Tobacco Prevention would like to say congratulations to the many clerks and retailers of Green County for your great work on reducing tobacco access to minors. Over the past year, youth volunteers have conducted tobacco compliance checks in hopes to see retailers are not selling tobacco to minors and are checking IDs. In 2015, out of the 27 compliance checks, there was only a 9 percent failure rate for Green County.

We are so proud of the work being done in Green County - thank you for not selling tobacco to minors. If you are a retailer, and want to train your employees, please check out for training and certification.

Underage tobacco use is linked to future substance abuse and behavior problems. Additionally, with the escalated use of flavored tobacco (called OTP - "Other Tobacco Products") all communities need to be aware of the dangers of these addictive products. Many smell, taste, and look just like candy products and are less expensive than more "traditional" tobacco like cigarettes. Tobacco remains the number one cause of preventable deaths in the U.S., causing more than 16 million Americans to suffer from a disease caused by smoking.

As part of our activities we will continue to educate clerks and retailers about the importance of keeping tobacco out of the hands of youth. For now, when you are out in your community and see a cashier check an ID, thank them for performing their job and keeping our children safe.