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Canyon Working to Limit Teen Tobacco Usage

Lt. Dale Davis, Acting Chief of the Canyon Police Department, Lt. Dale Davis, Acting Chief of the Canyon Police Department,

A staggering increase in minors using tobacco in Canyon, has the city taking action.

Over the past five years the Canyon Police say they have seen minor-in-possession tickets more than triple.

So now they're applying for a grant from the state to educate not only students, but also clerks at stores who sell tobacco products.

Canyon received this grant for the first half of the decade, and when they did, they wrote less than 10 minor-in-possession tickets each year.

However, for the past three years they have not had the grant money, and last year they wrote almost 40 tickets.

So they believe there's a direct correlation between teen tobacco use, and this money from the state.

"The numbers of enforcement have increased over the past three or four years. What we want to do at the police department is be a little more proactive," said Acting Chief of the Canyon Police Department, Lt. Dale Davis.

The Canyon PD is expecting about two thousand dollars, but they say that money can be stretched very easily to cover the education, and possible sting operations.

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