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:
The law also requires states to meet established compliance rates or be subject to a 40 percent reduction of Substance Abuse Treatment and Prevention (SAPT) Block Grant dollars for prevention and treatment services. For Ohio, this amount would be approximately $26 million.
Since State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2002 (July 1 to June 30), the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioHAS) has been working with the Ohio Department of Public Safety Investigative Unit (OIU) to conduct unannounced inspections at randomly-selected locations. Prior to SFY 2002, the Department worked with the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), which subcontracted with local health departments, law enforcement and/or other interested entities to conduct the randomly selected inspections.
For further information about the Synar Amendment and Program:
As of October 17, 2019 it is illegal to give, sell, or otherwise distribute cigarettes, other tobacco products, or alternative nicotine products like e-cigarette/vaping products to any person under the age of 21. See Ohio Revised Code 2927.02 for the law's exact language.