Progress made across the country to curb illegal tobacco sales to minors
Sales of tobacco to young people under the age of 18 have reached record lows, according to a recent report of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
Under federal law, states are obligated to have programs in place to reduce sales of tobacco to minors. SAMSHA, the federal agency tasked with monitoring state compliance, found that the average national tobacco retailer violation rate had dropped to an all-time low of 9.9 percent in 2008, down from 40 percent in 1997 when national efforts to cut tobacco use by minors were first put in place.
"This report along with other published studies indicates that real progress is being made in preventing illegal tobacco sales to minors," said SAMHSA Acting Administrator Eric Broderick, DDS, MPH, in a press release. "Continued state vigilance will build on our track record of success in protecting children from the public health menace of tobacco."
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