The Manchester Police Department has taken a pledge to keep tobacco, alternative nicotine and vapor products out of the hands of Manchester’s youth.
It’s part of the I-PLEDGE program – a partnership with the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division. Manchester Police Chief Jim Hauschild says the program’s main emphasis is to educate local retailers and make sure they’re not selling to minors by conducting compliance checks.
Chief Hauschild says compliance checks on retail establishments are usually done once a year in Manchester – police send in an underage customer who tries to buy tobacco or a related product. Clerks who make the illegal sale on cited on the spot, with fines ranging from one-hundred to five-hundred dollars depending on how many times they’ve broken the law.
Clerks can complete an online training course to prepare themselves to refuse illegal sales.
Since the program started in the state 17 years ago, the statewide tobacco compliance rate has grown to 92-percent.