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SAMHSA News - July/August 2008, Volume 16, Number 4


Synar Report: Tobacco Sales to Minors at All-Time Low

By Katherine Rees

Illegal 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 FFY 2007 Annual Synar Reports: Youth Tobacco Sales.

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 Synar’s 11-year history. This is a stark contrast with the 1997 national RVR average of 40.1 percent.

For 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.

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 at http://prevention.samhsa.gov/
tobacco/synarreportfy2007.pdf
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Synar Retailer Violation Rates (FFY 2007)

State Name
Target
Reported
Alabama
20.0%
11.2%
Alaska
20.0%
13.6%
Arizona
20.0%
14.6%
Arkansas
20.0%
4.7%
California
20.0%
13.2%
Colorado
20.0%
7.2%
Connecticut
20.0%
11.4%
Delaware
20.0%
5.0%
District of Columbia
20.0%
13.9%
Florida
20.0%
8.1%
Georgia
20.0%
14.2%
Hawaii
20.0%
5.9%
Idaho
20.0%
13.2%
Illinois
20.0%
9.5%
Indiana
20.0%
9.9%
Iowa
20.0%
11.8%
Kansas
20.0%
19.9%
Kentucky
20.0%
6.3%
Louisiana
20.0%
4.7%
Maine
20.0%
5.8%
Maryland
20.0%
9.5%
Massachusetts
20.0%
22.7%
Michigan
20.0%
14.5%
Minnesota
20.0%
9.5%
Mississippi
20.0%
3.2%
Missouri
20.0%
6.3%
Montana
20.0%
8.8%
Nebraska
20.0%
14.5%
Nevada
20.0%
16.4%
New Hampshire
20.0%
11.9%
New Jersey
20.0%
11.2%
New Mexico
20.0%
9.3%
New York
20.0%
9.2%
North Carolina
20.0%
10.3%
North Dakota
20.0%
10.1%
Ohio
20.0%
11.6%
Oklahoma
20.0%
9.0%
Oregon
20.0%
11.0%
Pennsylvania
20.0%
7.0%
Rhode Island
20.0%
8.0%
South Carolina
20.0%
12.3%
South Dakota
20.0%
15.6%
Tennessee
20.0%
16.3%
Texas
20.0%
7.2%
Utah
20.0%
9.9%
Vermont
20.0%
10.7%
Virginia
20.0%
10.0%
Washington
20.0%
5.2%
West Virginia
20.0%
16.9%
Wisconsin
20.0%
5.5%
Wyoming
20.0%
6.5%

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