Tobacco retailers were inspected for the third of three rounds of compliance checks to be conducted on all tobacco retailers within the county.

Tobacco retailers were inspected for the third of three rounds of compliance checks to be conducted on all tobacco retailers within the county. A total of 15 tobacco retailers were inspected and zero were found to be in violation of the law by selling tobacco to a minor.

The compliance checks are performed to determine if local tobacco retailers are complying with Illinois minimum-age tobacco laws which prohibit the sale of tobacco to persons under the age of 18. With the help from a grant awarded by the Illinois Liquor Control Commission’s “Kids Can’t Buy ‘Em Here” Tobacco Enforcement Program, Mercer County Health Department, Aledo Police Department, and Mercer County Sheriff Department educates local tobacco retailers on minimum-age tobacco laws and the importance of verifying the age of customers before selling age-restrictive products such as tobacco.

For additional information contact:

Leslie Connell, Tobacco Program Coordinator, Mercer County Health Department, 309-582-3749     Leslie.connell@mchdept.org

 

Christopher Sullivan, Aledo Police Chief, Aledo Police Department, 309-582-2331

 

Jason Monson, Mercer County Sheriff Depute, Merer County Sheriff Department, 309-582-5194