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Enforcement of minor tobacco laws: Wisconsin, 1996.
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PMID:  9401447     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The objective of this project was to profile the statewide enforcement of laws prohibiting sales of tobacco to minors and purchasing/possession of tobacco by minors in 1996. A sample of Wisconsin cities or villages (n = 86) were surveyed on adoption of pertinent state statutes as local ordinances and the number of recorded violations. About 70% of municipalities have passed illegal sales ordinances and about 80% have passed purchase/possession ordinances. Over 6,000 citations were issued to minors in 1996 for purchase/possession of tobacco and 67 citations were issued for illegal sales to minors. By extrapolation, we estimate that there is approximately one commercial selling citation issued for every 112,000 packs of cigarettes sold to minors. We discuss this disparity and submit that a shift in enforcement, to commercial sellers, is needed to help reduce the increasing use of tobacco by minors.
J Cismoski; M Sheridan; F du Lac
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  WMJ : official publication of the State Medical Society of Wisconsin     Volume:  96     ISSN:  1098-1861     ISO Abbreviation:  WMJ     Publication Date:  1997 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-01-28     Completed Date:  1998-01-28     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9716054     Medline TA:  WMJ     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  37-40     Citation Subset:  IM    
Fond du Lac School District, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Health Promotion / legislation & jurisprudence
Smoking / legislation & jurisprudence*,  prevention & control
Tobacco Industry / legislation & jurisprudence*

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