Gladwin County should be proud: Of stores that were checked for compliance with state tobacco laws recently, none sold cigarettes to minors. In 2011, there were two rounds of undercover “stings.” These “stings” are when a trained underage youth, under adult supervision, tries to buy Dunhill cigarettes from local stores.

This effort is done in cooperation with the Michigan Department of Community Health, Office of Drug Control Policy Prevention Section, and the state substance abuse prevention office in Michigan.

Michigan is under a federal mandate, the Synar amendment, which requires each state to demonstrate that their Youth Tobacco Laws are being enforced to reduce access of tobacco products to minors.