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Restricting Youth Access is the Key to Breaking the Cycle of Smoking

In an effort to address this issue, Park Ridge Police investigators conducted tobacco compliance inspections on February 22, 2016. Investigators enlisted the help of volunteers under the age of 18 to attempt to purchase tobacco products in a controlled buy. These controlled buy attempts were made at every store in Park Ridge where tobacco is being sold. “According to the American Journal of Public Health in June 2013, States with more restrictive limits on teenagers purchasing tobacco have lower adult smoking rates,” said Chief Frank Kaminski. “Keeping tobacco products out of kids' hands is a critical part of helping reduce underage tobacco use and I am pleased that every business in our town offering tobacco products for sale, was in compliance. It illustrates that these merchants are taking a responsible role in restricting youth access to tobacco,” Kaminski concluded.

Congratulations to all 15 retail stores in Park Ridge who did not sell cigarettes to minors during the Park Ridge Police compliance check that took place on February 22, 2016. The following businesses did their part in eliminating/decreasing access to tobacco for Park Ridge teens:  OK Smokers Tobacco (2604 W. Dempster), Walgreens (800 W. Devon), 7-11 (976 N. Northwest Hwy.), Shell (1200 W. Touhy), Amoco/BP (1220 W. Touhy), Thorton’s (1118 W. Touhy), Walgreens (901 W. Touhy), Around the World (31 S. Prospect), Jewel/Osco (481 Busse Hwy.), Save-A-Lot (110 Euclid),    7-11 (555 W. Devon), Marathon (525 W. Talcott), Shell (900 Talcott), Shell  (2301 W. Touhy) &  7-11 (814 W. Higgins).

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