4306.0: Tuesday, November 14, 2000 - Table 10

Abstract #15844

State efforts to reduce youth access to tobacco: Lessons from the field

Lee Wilson, MA1, Biddy Bostic2, Meridith H. Thanner, MA1, and Phillip M. Wilbur, MA3. (1) Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Rockwall II, Room 930, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857, 301-443-6085, lwilson@samhsa.gov, (2) West Virginia Division on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, 2913 Phillips Street, Charleston, WV 25303, 304-744-0136, N/A, (3) ROW Sciences, 1700 Research Blvd, Suite 400, Rockville, MD 20850, 301-294-5623, pwilbur@hq.row.com

As part of the ADAMHA Reoganization Act of 1992, Congress passed the Synar Amendment aimed at decreased access to tobacco products by minors. The Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) provides technical assistance to help States and other Federal jurisdictions meet Synar Regulation requirements. Since the implementation of the Synar Amendment, youth access to tobacco has been significantly reduced.

This presentation will look at efforts to implement and enforce the Synar tobacco regulation prohibiting the sale of tobacco to minors. Various strategies for enforcing and raising public awareness about the law will be examined.

We will look at the impact the Synar Amendment has had on youth access rates to tobacco including how far rates have dropped and what specific efforts toward restricting access have been most successful. We will discuss why some states have had difficulty reducing access to their target goals and what efforts have been made to overcome these difficulties.

We will also present a preliminary assessment of how restricting youth access to cigarettes has had an impact on sales of other tobacco products, such as cigars and smokeless tobacco, to youth.

Learning Objectives: Learning Objectives 1. Participants will understand the history of the Synar Amendment and the evolution of efforts to implement and enforce the Synar tobacco regulation. 2. Participants will understand and be able to evaluate the relative efficacy of different strategies used to enforce laws prohibiting the sale of tobacco to minors. 3. Participants will understand how restricting youth access to tobacco fits into a comprehensive tobacco control approach

Keywords: Youth Access,

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Organization/institution whose products or services will be discussed: None
I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

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