LAKE COUNTY — Each year, District Health Department No. 10 (DHD No. 10) partners with the Michigan State Police and Lakeshore Regional Entity to conduct a retailer tobacco compliance campaign called No Cigs for Our Kids.

The campaign is part of a seven-county regional effort in West Michigan aiming to reduce youth’s access to tobacco and provide tobacco vendors with the information and resources they need to prevent sales to minors.

Over the last year, tobacco compliance checks have been completed at all tobacco vendors throughout Lake County. 2018 campaign results are in: 93 percent of tobacco vendors in Lake County did not sell tobacco to minors.

“This is such exciting progress. It is obvious that retailers and community members alike are working hard to ensure the health of Lake County’s youth are protected from the harmful effects of tobacco,” said Kate Donaldson, No Cigs for Our Kids Coordinator.

On behalf of the No Cigs for Our Kids Campaign, DHD No. 10, MSP, and LRE credits many businesses in Lake County for doing their part to keep tobacco out of the hands of youth.

The campaign will continue to educate vendors about the current law and regulations of the Youth Tobacco Act, which states that it is illegal to sell tobacco to someone under the age of 18.

Tobacco is still the number one cause of preventable death in the U.S., yet each year thousands of teens become addicted to tobacco products.

For more information contact Kate Donaldson at (231) 902-8537. To find additional tobacco resources and data visit, dhd10.org.