Anti-smoking groups say state needs to do more

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A coalition of anti-smoking groups say the state needs to do more to prevent young people from buying tobacco products.

Health First Wisconsin reacted Tuesday to figures released by the state Department of Health Services showing that over the past five years the rate of tobacco sales to minors increased from 4.7 percent to 7.3 percent.

Melissa Horn, government relations director for Health First Wisconsin, says more money needs to be spent on the state’s tobacco control program, which carries out retailer compliance checks. Health First Wisconsin also advocates for more spending on anti-smoking education efforts.

State health officer Dr. Henry Anderson says everyone shares the goal of not selling tobacco products to children. He says the state wants to partner with retailers to stop sales to young people.

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