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Hawaii Tobacco Sales to Minors Drops

November 30, 2011, 8:31 AM HST
* Updated November 30, 11:17 AM
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By Wendy Osher

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Tobacco sales to minors in Hawai‘i fell below the national average  according to a survey conducted by the state.

The Hawai‘i State Department of Health (DOH) Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division (ADAD) survey monitored the state compliance with regulations for the federal Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant.

Illegal tobacco sales to minors in Hawai‘i was 6.1%, below the 9.3% federal fiscal year 2010 national weighted average.

The state’s first survey results in 1996 showed a noncompliance rate of 44.5%.  After the implementation of law enforcement operations, the rate steadily dropped.  Hawaii has managed to maintain a rate of below 10% with the exception of 2008.

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State health officials say that with stronger enforcement of tobacco laws being implemented, the aim is to eliminate teenage tobacco use altogether.

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Authorities say that it is still important to educate retailers because of the increase in the variety of tobacco products available.

Tools and training packets are available at no cost to retailers at the following direct link: http://hawaii.gov/health/healthy-lifestyles/tobacco/index.html.

*** Supporting information courtesy, State of Hawai’i Department of Health.

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