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Estherville Police Department
Thursday January 9th, 2014 :: 12:02 p.m. CST


Estherville Police Department to Partner with Iowa ABD for Tobacco Education and Enforcement.

Estherville Police Department to Partner with Iowa ABD for Tobacco Education and Enforcement.

Estherville,Iowa 01/09/14- The Estherville Police Department has taken a pledge to keep tobacco out of the hands of Estherville youth.

It’s called the Iowa Pledge, and it’s a partnership with the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division (Iowa ABD) to educate local retailers and to enforce Iowa’s tobacco laws. The Iowa Pledge Program has helped increase statewide tobacco compliance to a rate of 93% since it began in 2000. By partnering with the Iowa ABD, the Estherville Police Department will look to do its part in continuing the upward trend.

Clerks who successfully complete an online training program and pass an exam will be Iowa Pledge Certified and the retail establishment will receive an affirmative defense against civil penalty if the certified clerk makes an illegal sale. To take the training or search I-Pledge certification records go to

“The I-Pledge Retailer Training Program is a great way for the clerks to prepare themselves to refuse illegal tobacco sales,” Chief Miburn said. “The training will help retailers maintain a complaint and responsible establishment.”

Also as a part of the Iowa Pledge Program, Estherville Police will be conducting compliance checks on local establishments. Underage customers under the supervision of law enforcement officers will enter establishments and attempt to buy tobacco products. Clerks who make the illegal sale will be cited on the spot.

Criminal penalties for selling tobacco to a minor include a $100.00 fine for the first offense, a $250.00 fine for the second offense and a $500 fine for third and subsequent offenses. Handing out citations, however, is not the intent of the Iowa Pledge Program.

“By partnering with the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division, we hope to educate clerks and maintain a compliant retail environment in our community,” Chief Eric Milburn said. “Moreover, we pledge to help keep tobacco out of the hands of Iowa’s youth.”

Estherville Police Department
114 North 6th Street
Estherville, IA 51334

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 712-362-3515

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