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Synar

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“The FY201Y Annual Synar Report is ready for community review and feedback. To provide your comments, contact Remedios Malig at remedios.malig@mail.dmhsa.guam.gov, or the PEACE office at (671) 477-9079 thru 9083.”

FY 2017 Annual SYNAR Report




What is SYNAR?
 

In July 1992, Congress enacted the Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Administration Reorganization Act (P.L. 102-321), which includes an amendment (section 1926) aimed at decreasing youth access to tobacco. This amendment, named for its sponsor, Congressman Mike Synar of Oklahoma, requires States and Territories to enact and enforce laws prohibiting the sale and distribution of tobacco products to individuals under the age of 18.
 

Guam’s Tobacco Control Act of 1998 prohibits the sales or distribution of tobacco products to minors.
 

In addition, tobacco vendors must obtain a separate tobacco retail license for each premise or vending machine in which tobacco products are sold. The Act also established the Youth Tobacco Education and Prevention Fund (YTEPF) for use by the Guam Behavioral Health and Wellness Center for youth compliance monitoring and tobacco and drug prevention and education programs.
 

Every year, the Guam Behavioral Health and Wellness Center and the Department of revenue and Taxation, together with various partners, conduct unannounced inspections of all tobacco vendors on Guam, to check their compliance with the law.

Guam’s compliance rate is higher than the standards set by the Federal Government.

 

Year

Target Compliance Rate

Guam's Compliance Rate

2000

61%

67%

2001

65%

58%

2002

73%

80%

2003

80%

90%

2004

80%

82%

2005

80%

85%

2006

80%

95%

2007

80%

91%

2008

80%

94%



But...

Prohibiting the sales to minors is NOT ENOUGH to reduce tobacco use among young people.
We need to focus our efforts also on interventions to reduce the DEMAND for tobacco. And we need to emphasize that regardless of age, tobacco kills.




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