Efforts to curb minors from buying tobacco seems to be working
Posted at: 08/29/2013 6:07 AM
Government efforts to reduce the number of minors from buying tobacco products appears to be working.
A new report says fewer youths are buying tobacco products and sales of cigarettes to minors are near record lows.
A government program called the "Synar Amendment" was initiated 16 years ago to help prevent the sale of tobacco products to those under the age of 18. The program has seen very low rates of retailer violations.
According to the latest report, only about nine-percent of retailers violated the ban on sales to minors -- the second lowest rate observed since the law went into effect.