NH DHHS - Tobacco Sales to Youth In NH Increased in 2012

Concord – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)

Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services (BDAS) is releasing a report showing

tobacco sales to youth in New Hampshire increased over the past year.

According to recent tobacco compliance checks tobacco sales to New

Hampshire youth increased by about 5% to 13.2% in 2012 from 7.8% in 2011.

“While the results of the checks were well under the federal SYNAR

requirement of 20%, this does raise concerns,” stated BDAS Director Joe

Harding. “Research shows that lower tobacco use by youth also decreases

the chance that they will use drugs or alcohol.”

Data from the NH Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) demonstrated that youth

tobacco use dramatically increases their use of other substances. The

results of 22,000 student surveyed in the 2007 YRBS revealed that 27 out of

28 high school students who smoked also reported drinking.

SYNAR is a federally mandated effort to reduce tobacco sales to youth. 291

tobacco retailers across the state were surveyed in this year’s effort.

BDAS partners with the NH Division of Liquor Enforcement (DLE), to conduct

and report on the results of the compliance checks. In addition, DLE has

been contracted by the US Food and Drug Administration to conduct

additional tobacco retailer compliance checks.

BDAS and DLE plan to increase efforts to lower the number of sales, which

declined for the two previous years. These efforts will include increased

coordination with local law enforcement and other educational efforts.