Most smokers start before the age of 18. According to Dr. DiFranza of the University Of Massachusetts Medical School, “nicotine-induced alterations in the brain can trigger addiction with the first cigarette”.
To help reduce the number of potential or addicted youth, Ingham County Health Department began to require all retailers to purchase an annual tobacco license in 1993 and initiated tobacco compliance checks within Ingham County to reduce the probability of minors being able to attain tobacco products.
In addition Ingham County Health Department is involved in several projects to reduce youth use and addiction. For more information about youth prevention organizations and ways to get involved in Ingham County please see the information below.
 DiFranza, Joseph, et. (2007). Inhaling From Just One Cigarette. University of Massachusetts Medical School.
Tobacco Compliance Checks
In 1993 Ingham County became one of three counties in Michigan to require retailers to obtain an annually renewed tobacco license if they carried any form of tobacco products in their store.
In Michigan, tobacco compliance checks (SYNAR) are conducted on a yearly basis in order to prevent tobacco sales to minors. In addition, Ingham County conducts it's own tobacco compliance checks in which all licensed tobacco retailers within Ingham County are checked annually to further prevent tobacco sales to minors.
Figure: Successful sales to minors in Ingham County and Michigan (2006-2013)
Figure: Trend of successful sales to minors in Ingham County and Michigan (2006-2013)
To report a suspicion of sale to a minor please fill out the form below or contact us at (517) 887 - 4312
Local Youth Prevention Organizations
Tobacco Research Articles