Synar Report: Tobacco Sales to Minors at All-Time Low
by Katherine Rees
sales of tobacco products to underage youth reached an all-time low in
2007 under the Synar Amendment program, a Federal and state partnership
program seeking to end illegal tobacco sales to minors. SAMHSA recently
released the newest data in FY 2007 Annual Synar Reports: Youth Tobacco
Major Findings The
states and the District of Columbia have continued the downward trend
of retailer violation rates (RVR), hitting 10.5 percent in 2007, the
lowest national average RVR in Synarâ€™s 11-year history. This is in stark
contrast with the 1997 national RVR average of 40.1 percent.
the second year in a row, no state was out of compliance. In 2007,
Mississippi held the lowest RVR at 3.2 percent. Only 11 years ago, all
but four states did not reach the 20-percent goal.
In 2007, 45 of
the 51 states achieved an RVR of no more than 15.0 percent, and 26
states achieved an RVR of 10.0 percent or less.
Synar Retailer Voilation Rates (FFY 2007)
STATE NAME TARGET REPORTED Connecticut 20.0% 11.4%
Enacted in 1992, the Synar Amendment is named for the late U.S. Representative Mike Synar of Oklahoma. The full report is available on the SAMHSA Web site.
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