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Police receive grant to enforce tobacco laws

Published: Monday, Oct. 21, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

RIVERSIDE – The Riverside Police Department received a $1,100 grant from the Illinois Liquor Control Commission to enforce minimum-age tobacco laws.

The commission awards $1 million in annual grants to municipalities willing to implement its Tobacco Enforcement Program. Participating communities educate retailers and provide signage from the commission about minimum-age tobacco laws, along with training guides for store personnel. 

In addition, police conduct three complacence checks at each tobacco retailer. Retailers in the program average a 90-percent compliance rate. Illinois is ranked No. 7 nationally in tobacco retailer compliance rates. 

To purchase tobacco products, Illinois residents must be 18 or older.

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