State Health Department allocates $3 million for tobacco enforcement
New York's continued enforcement of the sale of tobacco products to youths continues with allocation of $3 million as part of the Youth Access Tobacco Enforcement Program.
In the past four years New York has appropriated more than $8.5 million to counties across the state.
The state Department of Health released the recent round of anti-smoking funding. Eight counties around Western New York will share in nearly $300,000, with Erie County is to receive the largest slice of money, $128,092.
New York's health commissioner, Antonia Novello, M.D., M.P.H., Dr.P.H., also released results of the Youth Access Tobacco Enforcement Program Report, which highlights retailer compliance with adolescent tobacco laws.
Officials conducted compliance checks on 32,857 retailers in 1999-2000 and fined almost 3,000 retail vendors a total of $819,400. Overall, 10,235 retailers have been levied penalties of more than $2.7 million in the first three years of the program.
State health officials say, however, that compliance rates have increased, from 81 percent to 88 percent in the most recent checks.