Minnesota retailers keeping tobacco away from kidsHEALTH NOTES: Minnesota tobacco retailers were almost perfect last year at keeping tobacco out of the hands of juveniles.
By: John Lundy, Duluth News Tribune
Minnesota tobacco retailers were almost perfect last year at keeping tobacco out of the hands of juveniles.
Of a hundred retailers inspected, only one sold tobacco products to people younger than 18, the Minnesota Department of Health Services reported. The 99 percent compliance rate is the highest the state has had since undercover inspections began in 1996.
Under the federal Synar amendment, passed in 1992, states are required to conduct the inspections.
A compliance rate of 80 percent or higher is required for states to receive federal substance abuse and treatment grants. That was worth $24 million for Minnesota in fiscal 2012, the Department of Human Services said in a news release.