Tobacco

Program Overview

Goal:

  • Achieve a zero sales rate of tobacco, alternative nicotine and vapor products to minors.

Strategy:

  • Work with Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), Division of Tobacco Use Prevention & Control to develop an effective, statewide program to reduce the illegal sales of tobacco, alternative nicotine and vapor products to minors and illegal possession of tobacco, alternative nicotine and vapor products by minors.
  • Provide Iowa’s retailers with educational training in order to familiarize them with state laws and provide responsible sales techniques.
  • Perform tobacco, alternative nicotine and vapor product compliance checks on each of Iowa’s approximately 3,400 tobacco, alternative nicotine and vapor product permit holders at least once a year.

Tactics:

  • Contract with local law enforcement agencies to conduct compliance checks.
    • Contract fees will be calculated on the total number of tobacco, alternative nicotine and vapor product permit holders in a given jurisdiction.
    • Participating communities will be reimbursed on a flat fee basis of $50 lump sum per compliance check.
    • A predetermined flat fee – number of permits x $50 x one compliance check = feewill be paid, with reimbursements made upon receipt of completed compliance check reports.
    • Local law enforcement officials will be expected to ticket clerks, as well as retailers, when conducting compliance checks.
  • Contract will provide local youth tobacco, alternative nicotine and vapor product possession enforcement.
    • Based on the number of tobacco, alternative nicotine and vapor product permit holders per community, local law officers will be expected to commit time to youth tobacco enforcement activities.
    • Local law enforcement officials will be expected to ticket youth in possession of tobacco, alternative nicotine and vapor  products.
    • Locally, community partnerships will provide resources and guidance to the state’s program.

Facts:

  • 34 percent of Iowa teens report the use of tobacco, alternative nicotine and vapor products.
  • During FY14, 93 percent of Iowa retailers are in compliance with Iowa’s tobacco product sales laws – 7 percent of Iowa’s retailers sold tobacco products to minors during the last round of compliance checks.
  • Studies have shown that tobacco law enforcement efforts, in conjunction with retailer education, reduce illegal sales of tobacco products to minors.
  • Similarly, studies support effective law enforcement as an essential component of a comprehensive statewide tobacco product program.

Take I-PLEDGE to uphold tobacco, alternative nicotine and vapor product laws,
keep Iowa’s kids healthy and not sell tobacco products to minors.

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