Tobacco Purchase Surveys:
- Prevention providers will assist in the recruitment of youthful looking 18-year-old young adults who appear their age or younger (and should not misrepresent their age at any time).
- Prevention providers will assist in age testing efforts by having 10 adults guess the ages of the young adult(s) being used for tobacco purchase surveys, to calculate an average age of appearance. This can be accomplished by taking the young adult to a well populated area such as a shopping center or using a clear headshot photograph. All young adult buyers must appear to be under eighteen to participate.
- Prevention providers will assist to ensure young adult buyers are dressed for surveys in the same way they were dressed when they went through the age estimation procedure to assure that no one can say they looked younger or older than their stated age.
- Prevention providers will assist with the maintenance of a secure file including, but not limited to: a NC State-issued photo identification card/Driver’s License and Emergency contact information.
- Prevention providers will assist in training adult chaperone/monitor(s) and young adult buyers in Non-Enforcement Tobacco Survey protocols.
- Prevention providers will assist with inspection route planning using tobacco retailer lists within the merchant tracker in ECCO and will coordinate/designate a location to meet the young adult.
- Prevention providers and team (adult chaperone/monitor and young adult buyer will assist and/or proceed to the first store location. Upon arriving at each location, if possible, the driver will attempt to park in a location that is not visible to the clerk so as not to alert the clerk to the occurrence of a tobacco survey.
- Prevention providers and/or the adult chaperone/monitor should discuss a plan including who will enter and in what order, what type of product to purchase, what location to purchase from and any potential security issues.
- Prevention providers and/or the adult chaperone/monitor will determine the safety of the location in consultation with the young adult buyer. A signal for aborting the location due to safety concerns should be established ahead of time.
- Prevention providers and/or the adult chaperone/monitor will ensure the young adult buyer DOES NOT have has his or her ID.
- Prevention providers and/or the chaperone/monitor will determine if his or her presence in the store will compromise the survey and the location is deemed adequately safe. The young adult buyer will enter the store alone and attempt to purchase a tobacco product (e.g., smokeless tobacco, cigarettes, vape) while the chaperone/monitors the door.
- The prevention provider and/or chaperone/monitor shall maintain a clear and unobstructed view of the young adult buyer at all times, while they are in the store, in the event the prevention provider and/or chaperone/monitor is not able to go into the store with the young adult buyer.
- The prevention provider and/or chaperone/monitor will enter the store if the young adult buyer does not emerge within a reasonable time to have attempted to purchase a regulated tobacco product (5 minutes).
- If the adult chaperone/monitor presence in the store will not compromise the survey, the chaperone/monitor and the young adultwill enter the store in the most natural way possible.
- The prevention provider and/or chaperone/monitor will instruct the young adult buyer to first attempt to purchase from a self-service display. If this is unavailable, the young buyer should request a single pack of cigarettes or other tobacco product (at the prevention agency’s discretion).
- The prevention provider and/or chaperone/monitor will ensure the young adult buyer does not present any identification when attempting to purchase tobacco. If challenged about their age(s), the young adult will state their correct age.
- The prevention provider and/or chaperone/monitor will instruct the young adult buyer to terminate the transaction and immediately leave the establishment if it appears that a sale is about to be made without the clerk asking for ID or checking identification.
- The prevention provider and/or chaperone/monitor will ask and ensure the young adult buyer complete a North Carolina Tobacco Survey form immediately in its entirety following each survey. If a tobacco product was “almost sold” to the young adult, the survey form noting retailers that almost sold (versus those that did not sell tobacco products) should be reported on the North Carolina Tobacco Survey form.
- The prevention provider will enter the information from the North Carolina Tobacco Survey form into the merchant tracker in ECCO under “Part 2 Tobacco Survey”.
- For tobacco retailers that "almost sold", we suggest going back and giving basic information to the store about the tobacco survey (date) and giving them a Red Flag packet with information about online training. For stores that did not "sell," we recommend giving a certificate and/or other incentive for being "responsible retailers."
Reach: Count collaborative members as well as community education participants
Suggested collection of process evaluation information, including:
- Number of community groups identified
- Number of planning meetings with new or existing community groups/partners
- Number of groups that received information on youth access (laws, penalties)
- Number of young adult inspectors
- Number of Non-enforcement inspections held (and which businesses were inspected)