More Businesses Sold Teenagers Tobacco in 2013

Sales of tobacco products to minors in Lincoln businesses during compliance checks increased from 7.6% in 2012 to 12.6% in 2013. The compliance checks are conducted by the Police Department and the Health Department using teenage volunteers. Of the 333 attempts by minors to purchase tobacco products, 42 resulted in a sale. Brian Baker of the Health Department said research indicates that when communities consistently conduct compliance checks and keep the sale rate below 10%, children in those communities are less likely to use tobacco products.