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Synar youth tobacco enforcement

Section 1926 of the U.S. Public Health Services Act, referred to as the Synar Amendment, requires states to decrease youth access to tobacco. All states are required to:

  • have a law making the sale of tobacco products to minors illegal;
  • conduct random, unannounced inspections of tobacco retail outlets in a scientific manner to check the compliance with state law; and
  • submit a report each year on the enforcement of state law activities conducted the previous year, enforcement plans for the coming year and the extent of success in reducing the availability of tobacco products to minors to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Federal law also requires states to meet established compliance rates or suffer a financial penalty.


Since 2001, the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) has been partnering with the Ohio Department of Public Safety Investigative Unit to conduct unannounced inspections at randomly selected tobacco retailers. For more information, please review our 2016 Annual Synar report or visit the Ohio Department of Health for information on tobacco cessation or prevention resources..


Federal Fiscal Year 2016 Ohio Annual Synar Report
Federal Fiscal Year 2016 Ohio Table of Survey Estimates

Ohio Synar Rates 1995 - 2016


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Karin Carlson

OhioMHAS Synar Manager