Tobacco Abuse Prevention

In August 2012 the Washington State Substance Abuse Prevention and Mental Health Promotion Five-Year Strategic Plan was completed, and was most recently updated in November 2017. Tobacco misuse and abuse is identified as one of the state priorities to address. The information below is to support and inform prevention professionals working on the individual or environmental level to improve effectiveness of prevention efforts.

Retailer Education Information

Community groups can play a key part in keeping tobacco and vapor products out of the hands of youth by reaching out to their local retailers.  Here are some resources to help:

Synar Information

The Synar Amendment requires states to enact and enforce laws prohibiting the sale or distribution of tobacco products to individuals under the age of 18.  Each state is required to completed unannounced compliance checks of tobacco retailers and report the violation rate annually to the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Items of interest to Synar Stakeholders in Washington:

Tobacco 21 Information

Website related to raising the legal sales age for tobacco to 21 in Washington:



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