Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control
ABC Officials Gear up for More Compliance Checks

Press Release Date:  Thursday, June 04, 2009  
Contact Information:  Nathan Jones

    FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 4, 2009) – It’s almost summertime and that means tobacco compliance checks are heating up for the Division of Enforcement in the Department for Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC).

    Generally, ABC Investigators conduct about 200 tobacco compliance checks per month to ensure retailers are not selling tobacco products to minors. Over the next few months, that number of inspections will increase to over 1,000 as investigators conduct inspections at retail outlets randomly selected by the Louisville research firm of REACH Inc. Investigators and underage aides will attempt to make purchases at tobacco retailers across Kentucky.

    The additional inspections are funded through the annual Synar Tobacco Buying Survey, which is the part of the federal Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant Program that collects data to determine retailer compliance.

    "The men and women of the ABC Enforcement Division are pleased and proud in assisting with this most important survey," said Mike Razor, director of the Division of Enforcement. "The survey provides a multitude of agencies and organizations with the necessary data to aid in their mission to curb underage tobacco use."

    The grant gives support to treatment, prevention and educational programs regarding substance abuse.  According to the 2008 survey, Kentucky retailers were 95 percent compliant, which is the highest rate since the inception of the survey.