On Friday, April 19th, the Kanabec County Sheriff’s Office conducted tobacco compliance checks at area businesses. The tobacco compliance checks were funded through the Substance Abuse Coalition of Kanabec County’s (SACK) Drug-Free Communities Program. Of the 17 businesses that were checked for tobacco compliance, 15 passed.
The following businesses were found to be compliant: Fish Lake Resort, Captain Dan’s Crows Nest, Station 65, North Woods Steakhouse, Pink Diamond, Finish Line Bar, S & R Mart, Coborn’s, Holiday Station Store, Jerry’s Bait, Bowe’s, Freedom Valu, North Country Bottle Shop, Mr. D’s Amoco and Fleet Go.
Minnesota State Statute requires licensing authorities to conduct unannounced compliance checks at least once each calendar year at each location where tobacco is sold. Compliance checks are enhanced enforcement of laws prohibiting sale to minors. They involve an underage decoy who attempts to purchase tobacco from a retailer. If a sale is made, violators are cited by the KCSO and prosecuted by the Kanabec County Attorney’s Office.
Research indicates that regular compliance checks increases retailer compliance and subsequently decreases tobacco sales to minors. The SACK encourages Kanabec County residents to report illegal tobacco sales to the Kanabec County Sheriff’s Office.