Federal Grant to Boost Tobacco Enforcement

Bowling Green, KY – Tobacco retailers in Kentucky will be inspected to help ensure they are complying with new marketing and sales standards in the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009. Under the contract from the federal Food and Drug Administration, ABC investigators will conduct undercover buys, as well as advertising and labeling tobacco inspections each month.

The legislation signed into law by President Obama two years ago seeks to prevent and reduce tobacco use by young people by enforcing the minimum legal age to purchase tobacco products. Officials say the federal funding from the FDA will be used to conduct about 250 inspections of Kentucky retailers per month.