Survey: 91 percent of tobacco retailers do not sell to minorsBISMARCK, N.D. - According to the results of a federally-mandated tobacco compliance survey, about 91 percent of licensed tobacco retailers involved in compliance checks in 2012 across the state did not sell tobacco products to minors.
BISMARCK, N.D. - According to the results of a federally-mandated tobacco compliance survey, about 91 percent of licensed tobacco retailers involved in compliance checks in 2012 across the state did not sell tobacco products to minors.
Three 15-year-olds and three 16-year-olds, working under adult supervision, made 227 attempts to purchase cigarettes and were successful only 21 times, for a violation rate of 9.3 percent.
“We commend retailers for helping decrease youth access to tobacco by asking for identification and refusing to sell to youth under the age of 18,” said Elizabeth Cunningham, research analyst with the department.
The survey was conducted between July and September 2012 and did not involve area law enforcement.
States are required to conduct the annual survey to receive federal Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant funding. If non-compliance rates are above 20 percent, a state could potentially lose up to 40 percent of its block grant funding.
In 2012, the Department of Human Services received about $5.4 million from the block grant, which was used for public substance abuse treatment through the department’s eight regional human service centers and for substance abuse prevention programming across the state.
Prior to 2000, the state’s non-compliance rate exceeded 30 percent.
Survey results are online at www.nd.gov/dhs/info/pubs/abuse.html.