NH DHHS - Merchant Compliance with New Hampshire Youth Tobacco Law Increases

Concord, NH - Tobacco merchant compliance with laws concerning tobacco
sales to youth in New Hampshire continues to increase according to the
latest SYNAR tobacco compliance report by the Department of Health and
Human Services (DHHS), Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services (BDAS).

The report is based on attempted tobacco buys by supervised youth during
random compliance checks. The rate of retailers selling to youth dropped to
7.8% in 2010. This number is down from 8.6% in 2010, and a dramatic decline
from 14% in 2009. Research demonstrates that lower tobacco use by youth
also decreases the chance that they will use drugs or alcohol.

“This is very good news for New Hampshire children and their parents,” said
BDAS Director Joseph P. Harding. “We know that tobacco use by youth harms
their development and increases their risk of using alcohol and other
drugs. The results show what can be accomplished by building partnerships
that address issues affecting the health and safety of our youth and
communities. We thank our partners for their vigilance in not selling
tobacco to underage youth.”

SYNAR is a federally mandated effort to reduce tobacco sales to youth.
Three hundred ninety-two tobacco retailers across the State were surveyed
in this year’s SYNAR tobacco compliance checks. The results of the checks
were well under the federal SYNAR requirement of 20%. BDAS partners with
the New Hampshire Liquor Commission (NHLC), Division of Enforcement to
conduct and report on the results of the compliance checks.

“The Division is charged with licensing, education and enforcement of
tobacco laws,” said Chief Eddie Edwards, NHLC Director of Enforcement. “A
compliance check is an educational tool used to ensure voluntary compliance
of New Hampshire tobacco and alcohol laws. We are very pleased with this
year’s tobacco compliance checks results. We feel the continued partnership
between liquor investigators, local police departments, youth volunteers,
and licensees is the secret to New Hampshire’s success of nearly 93%

Data from the NH Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) demonstrated that youth
tobacco use dramatically increases their use of other substances. The
results of a survey of 22,000 students in the 2007 YRBS revealed that 27
out of 28 high school students who smoked also reported drinking.


Go to www.dhhs.nh.gov/dcbcs/bdas/documents/synar11.pdf  to view the report

For more information about BDAS visit the DHHS website at
www.dhhs.nh.gov/dcbcs/bdas/index.htm .