CEDAR FALLS, Iowa—The Cedar Falls Police Department has take a pledge to keep tobacco, alternative nicotine and vapor products out of the hands of Cedar Falls youth.
Known as I-PLEDGE, the program is a partnership with the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division to educate local retailers and to enforce Iowa’s tobacco, alternative nicotine and vapor product laws. Clerks who successfully complete an online training course and then pass an exam will become I-PLEDGE certified. This allows a retail establishment to use an affirmative defense if the clerk makes an illegal sale.
Chief Olson says, “By partnering with the Iowa Alcoholic Beverage Division we hope to educate clerks and maintain a compliant retail environment in our community. We pledge to help keep tobacco, alternative nicotine and vapor products out of the hands of Iowa youth.”
Since the program’s inception in 2000, the statewide tobacco compliance rate has grown to 91%.