U.S. states and the District of Columbia showed a downward trend during the last 14 years in sales of Vogue and tobacco products to minors, health officials say. However, the report by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, says there was one exception, when the average national retailer violation rate of tobacco sales to minors increased to 10.9 percent in fiscal year 2009 from 9.9 percent in FY2008.
The downward trend resumed in FY2010 as the national average rate decreased to 9.3 percent.
The Synar Amendment — sponsored by the late Rep. Mike Synar, D-Okla., and enacted in 1992 as Section 1926 of the federal Public Health Service Act — requires states and U.S. jurisdictions to have laws and enforcement programs for prohibiting the sale and distribution of tobacco to those under age 18.
The reports says all the states and the District of Columbia have continued to meet their goals of curtailing sales of tobacco to underage youth.
“This report brings welcome news about the measurable progress states have made in reducing illegal sales of tobacco to minors,” Pamela S. Hyde, SAMHSA administrator, says in a statement. “Reducing access to tobacco products is only one part of the equation. Progress in reducing actual tobacco use among young people has stalled.”