Annual Synar Report – FFY 2017

We invite you to take a few minutes to review this year’s Minnesota Annual Synar Report and provide comments before the report is finalized and submitted to SAMHSA.

The report will be accessible to view and provide comment from December 8, 2016 through 12:00 pm on December 16, 2016.

Annual Synar Report – FFY 2017 (pdf)

Comments about the report should be directed to Vicki Berg, MN Synar Consultant, Minnesota Department of Human Services: vicki.berg@state.mn.us

Overview: 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 (i.e., all States, the District of Columbia, and the 8 U.S. Territories) to enact and enforce laws prohibiting the sale or distribution of tobacco products to individuals under the age of 18.
The Synar program is the set of actions put in place by States, with the support of the Federal Government, to implement the requirements of the Synar Amendment. The Amendment was developed in the context of a growing body of evidence about the health problems related to tobacco use by youth, as well as evidence about the ease with which youth could purchase tobacco products through retail sources. The Synar program is a critical component of the success of youth tobacco use prevention efforts. – SAMHSA
The regulation requires that States:

  • Have in effect a law prohibiting any manufacturer, retailer, or distributor of tobacco products from selling or distributing such products to any individual younger than age 18;
  • Enforce this law;
  • Conduct annual, unannounced inspections in a way that provide a valid probability sample of tobacco sales outlets accessible to minors;
  • Negotiate interim targets and a date to achieve a noncompliance rate of no more than 20 percent (SAMHSA required that each State reduce its retailer violation rate (RVR) to 20 percent or less by FFY 2003); and
  • Submit an annual report detailing State activities to enforce its law