MARINETTE — The Marinette County Sheriff’s Office, along with Marinette County Public Health, conducted tobacco compliance checks this year through the Wisconsin WINS Program, and discovered that the illegal sales rate decreased significantly.

Any business that has a tobacco license may be checked. According to Marinette County Public Health, a total of 57 random checks were completed in Marinette County. This year, seven businesses sold tobacco to a minor, putting the county’s illegal sales rate at 12 percent. This rate decreased from last year’s illegal sales rate of 21 percent.

The Marinette County Sheriff’s Office and Marinette County Public Health encouraged all clerks selling tobacco to card anyone who looks to be under the age of 40. They also encouraged businesses to refuse the sale of a tobacco product without proper verification of age. Businesses that sell tobacco products to minors not only risk the health of our youth, but also risk receiving fines. 

For those interested in more information on how to properly train employees to read IDs, visit www.witobaccocheck.org. The site offers a free, online training program, and helps clerks identify quick and easy ways to properly read ID cards.

The Marinette County Sheriff’s Office and Marinette County Public Health thanked the majority of businesses that did not sell tobacco to minors.

For additional information on the Wisconsin Wins program, contact Marinette County Public Health at 715-732-7670.