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Tobacco sales to minors are down in La Crosse County

Brad Williams

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The La Crosse County health department is celebrating a decrease in tobacco sales to minors. 

Throughout Wisconsin, the percentage of tobacco sales made to minors fell below 6 percent in 2018 — a drop from 7 per cent the previous year. 

La Crosse County documented only five retail sales of tobacco to minors last year, compared to 12 in 2017. 

County health educator Rachel King said the government needs to continue education efforts to get retailers to make tobacco less available to underage buyers.

Government health experts are worried about tobacco products being packaged to look like electronic devices or other objects. 

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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