Logan, UT – The Bear River Health Department in conjunction with law enforcement agencies from Box Elder, Cache, and Rich counties recently completed a series of tobacco compliance checks throughout the Bear River Health District. Results showed that most stores don’t sell tobacco to underage youth. They showed that out of the 319 checks attempted from July 2009-June 2010; only 21 sales were made to our underage buyers. That’s a 93% compliance rate. “It’s always good to learn that most of our stores aren’t selling tobacco to minors. For the most part our retail outlets in our district work very hard to be in compliance with tobacco laws, and they should be congratulated and recognized for that,” stated Jescee Adams, Health Promotion Specialist at the Bear River Health Department. These compliance checks are conducted up to four times a year at businesses that sell tobacco products. The purpose of these checks is to monitor stores compliance to the Utah tobacco sales laws in an effort to reduce sales to underage youth. Law enforcement officials and the health department applaud the many stores that have implemented strict sales policies, training programs, and their own compliance checks to ensure that tobacco isn’t being sold to youth. We would like to recognize the following stores for not selling tobacco products to our underage buyers for ten or more years: Brigham City: 7-Eleven (606 South), Flying J (986 South), Smith’s; Mantua: Country Store Campground; Bear River City: Archer’s Country Market; Willard: Flying J; Lewiston: Hall’s Oil Co.; Logan: 7-Eleven (1395 North),Carlsen’s Gas for Less, and Earthly Awakenings, Tobacco retail outlets who have not sold tobacco to our underage buyers for five to ten years: Brigham City: Kent’s Foods; Tremonton: Kent’s Market; Snowville: Flying J; Perry: Wal-Mart; Corinne: Manning’s Short Stop; Logan: Smith’s Fuel Center, Smith’s Food & Drug, Flying J (Hwy 89-91); North Logan: Chevron Top Stop; Hyde Park: Maverik; Richmond: Maverik; Lewiston: K & B’s Service; and Randolph: Randolph Country Store, The Station. “We would like to congratulate the owners and managers of these stores for their hard work in training their employees. Many of these stores have never sold to our team of youth buyers, and we’ve been doing them for more than 10 years,” stated Adams. Tobacco retail outlets who have not sold tobacco to our underage buyers for two to five years are as follows: Brigham City: Flying J (Medical Drive), Top Stop; Tremonton: RJ’s Fuel Stop; Honeyville: Lainies; Snowville: Little Rock Country Store; Logan: New Logan Market, Top Stop (970 North), 7-Eleven, LW’s Truck Stop, Yeate’s 66; North Logan: Wal-Mart; Hyrum: Hyrum 66, Ridley’s; Nibley: Maverik, Bob’s Service; Smithfield: Smithfield Chevron, Smithfield Sinclair; Wellsville: Wellcome Mart; Garden City: Bear Lake Country Store, and The Bear’s Den. The health department will provide assistance to stores that want help training their employees or developing sales policies. For more information contact the Bear River Health Department at 792-6510.
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