According to a HealthDay News report, tobacco sales to youth is at an all-time low in the United States. This is due to “historic federal and state partnerships,” according to a new Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration report (SAMHSA).
In 2010, violating the law of selling to minors was at it’s lowest rate of 9.3% in a 14-year span of the Synar Amendment that prohibits states from selling and distributing tobacco products to people under the age of 18. This program was implemented in July 1992 by late Oklahoma state Congressman Mike Synar.
Since the implementation of the Synar Amendment, there has been a downward trend in tobacco sales to minors and for the past five years, all fifty states have agreed to abide by this amendment.
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Take a look at this April 2011 news report from Illinois’s local television channel WTHI on how the state was making it harder for minors to purchase tobacco.