Dear Editor:

Wisconsin Wins (WI Wins) is a statewide program designed to decrease youth access to tobacco products. The program helps reduce tobacco’s impact on Wisconsin by keeping these products out of children’s hands. 

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids reports that 2,200 children in Wisconsin younger than 18 become daily smokers each year.

One way the program works is through compliance checks. This is done to make sure tobacco and nicotine products are not being sold to youths younger than the age of 18. In 2002, before the program started, Wisconsin’s noncompliance rate was 34%. Today, it is down to 5.8%.

WI Wins will be conducting random compliance checks in Oneida County throughout the year. It is our goal to have a 0% noncompliance rate this year. That means no retailers sell tobacco or nicotine products to minors. Retailers can help children avoid tobacco use by checking the ID of anyone that tries to buy these products.

All children deserve a healthy future. Tobacco retailers play a big role in keeping children tobacco-free. 

Free online training for retailers is available at witobaccocheck.org. At the site, retailers and their employees can learn about Wisconsin tobacco sale laws. They also can get tips for avoiding underage sales. The site includes study guides and a quiz for employees. If employees pass the quiz, they get a certificate. 

In 2018, about 6,700 retail employees received training through the site. We encourage all retailers to take advantage of this free training, if they have not already done so.

For more information or resources, contact Maria Otterholt, program coordinator, at (715) 369-6110 or motterholt@co.oneida.wi.us.

Maria Otterholt

Oneida County Health  Department

RhinelanderDear Editor:

Wisconsin Wins (WI Wins) is a statewide program designed to decrease youth access to tobacco products. The program helps reduce tobacco’s impact on Wisconsin by keeping these products out of children’s hands. 

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids reports that 2,200 children in Wisconsin younger than 18 become daily smokers each year.

One way the program works is through compliance checks. This is done to make sure tobacco and nicotine products are not being sold to youths younger than the age of 18. In 2002, before the program started, Wisconsin’s noncompliance rate was 34%. Today, it is down to 5.8%.

WI Wins will be conducting random compliance checks in Oneida County throughout the year. It is our goal to have a 0% noncompliance rate this year. That means no retailers sell tobacco or nicotine products to minors. Retailers can help children avoid tobacco use by checking the ID of anyone that tries to buy these products.

All children deserve a healthy future. Tobacco retailers play a big role in keeping children tobacco-free. 

Free online training for retailers is available at witobaccocheck.org. At the site, retailers and their employees can learn about Wisconsin tobacco sale laws. They also can get tips for avoiding underage sales. The site includes study guides and a quiz for employees. If employees pass the quiz, they get a certificate. 

In 2018, about 6,700 retail employees received training through the site. We encourage all retailers to take advantage of this free training, if they have not already done so.

For more information or resources, contact Maria Otterholt, program coordinator, at (715) 369-6110 or motterholt@co.oneida.wi.us.

Maria Otterholt

Oneida County Health  Department

Rhinelander