Manchester Police Pledge to Keep Tobacco Products Out of Kids’ Hands

The Manchester Police Department has taken a pledge to keep tobacco, alternative nicotine and vapor products out of the hands of Manchester kids. It’s called I-PLEDGE and it’s a partnership with the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division to educate local retailers and enforce Iowa’s laws. Retail clerks who successfully complete an online training course and then pass an exam will become I-PLEDGE certified. This allows a retail establishment to use an affirmative defense against a civil penalty if the certified clerk makes an illegal sale. Officers will also be conducting compliance checks on local businesses, using undercover underage customers who will try to buy tobacco, alternative nicotine and vapor products. Clerks who make an illegal sale will be cited on the spot, with penalties ranging from 100 dollars for a first offense to 500 dollars for a third offense. Since the program first started 15 years ago, the statewide tobacco compliance rate has grown to 92-percent.