Youth Access to Tobacco Study
Group: South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services
The latest annual South Carolina Youth Access to Tobacco Study was released in May 2007. In this study, youth ages 15 to 17 visit convenience stores, grocery stores, drug stores, other retail outlets and vending machines and attempt to purchase cigarettes. The number and rate of cigarette sales to underage youth is documented by county, type of sales outlet, and demographics of the youth and sellers. In 1994, merchants sold cigarettes to underage youth 63% of the time. By 2007, the cigarette sales rate to minors in South Carolina had been reduced to 12.4%. The annual Youth Access to Tobacco Study monitors the state's compliance with the Synar Regulation of the federal Public Health Service Act of 1993. The Synar Regulation is a federal mandate that requires each state to document a rate of tobacco sales to minors of no more than 20%. States that fail to meet this requirement risk losing millions of dollars in federal funds for alcohol and other drug abuse prevention and treatment services.
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