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Mason City police work with other agencies to keep nicotine and other products away from youth


This news story was published on December 12, 2018.
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MASON CITY – The Mason City Police Department partnered with the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division (ABD) for Tobacco, Alternative Nicotine, and Vapor Product Education and Enforcement. MCPD has taken a pledge to keep these products out of the hands of Mason City youth, the MCPD said in a statement.

Known as I-PLEDGE, the program is a partnership with Iowa ABD to educate local retailers and to enforce Iowa’s tobacco, alternative nicotine, and vapor product laws. Since the program’s inception in 2000, the statewide tobacco compliance rate has grown to 91%. By participating in the program, the MCPD has committed to do its part to increase the compliance rate and we accomplished this goal by having a 97% compliance rate by Mason City retailers during the checks, completed on November 28, 2018.

I-PLEDGE places emphasis on retailer training. Clerks who successfully complete an online training course and exam 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.

I-PLEDGE’s retailer training is a great way for clerks to prepare themselves to refuse illegal tobacco, alternative nicotine, and vapor product sales. The training also helps retailers to ensure they maintain a compliant and responsible establishment.

Officers conducting compliance checks on local licensees use underage customers, under the supervision of law enforcement, to enter the premises and attempt to buy tobacco, alternative nicotine, and vapor products. Clerks who make the illegal sale are cited. Criminal fines for selling tobacco, alternative nicotine, or vapor products to a minor include a $100 fine for 1st Offense, $250 fine for 2nd Offense, and $500 find for 3rd or subsequent offense. However, handing out citations is not the intent of the I-PLEDGE program.

“By partnering with ABD, we hope to educate clerks and maintain a compliant retail environment in our community. Moreover, we pledge to keep our youth safe from these products, said Sergeant Tiffany Creekmur.

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6 Responses to Mason City police work with other agencies to keep nicotine and other products away from youth

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    sad but true Reply Report comment

    December 14, 2018 at 7:42 am

    if this all they have to do, we have way too many cops

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    Dixie Wrecked Reply Report comment

    December 13, 2018 at 4:05 pm

    The cops have always done this. As a teenager, they used to steal (I’m sorry, confiscate) my smokes for themselves all the time.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 13, 2018 at 1:24 am

    Let the brats get their smokes.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      December 13, 2018 at 11:56 am

      OK Ebenezer

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      December 13, 2018 at 1:48 pm

      You probably think that it’s okay to let them have alcohol, crack and meth to.

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        December 13, 2018 at 6:17 pm

        You forgot POT. Lets let them smoke pot so their little brains can be fried.