Tobacco Sales Compliance Check Scores a 100!

For Release: 
May 2, 2013

Gurnee, IL – In an effort to reduce tobacco use by teens, the Gurnee Police Department participates in the Kids Can’t Buy ‘Em Here Program.  This is a statewide program that targets retailers that violate the law by selling tobacco products to anyone under the age of 18.

The Gurnee Police Department recently conducted tobacco ordinance compliance checks on April 28th.  To conduct the compliance check, the police department enlisted the assistance of a 16 year old sophomore student from Warren Township High School.  The underage student went to 24 establishments within the village and attempted to purchase tobacco products.  The transactions are monitored by plain clothed officers. 

There were no sales of tobacco products to the underage agent, so the compliance rate was 100% for the 24 businesses that were checked. This was the second year in a row where the compliance rate was 100%. The Gurnee Police Department will continue to conduct periodic compliance checks throughout Gurnee to make sure tobacco products are not readily available to minors.

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Cmdr. Jay J. Patrick
Phone:  847.599.7000
Fax:  847.244.8678