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7 YOUTH ACCESS TO
TOBACCO PRODUCTS

CONTENTS

Background of Youth Access Measures

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A Brief History of the Emergence of Youth Access Measures

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Lack of Enforcement

201

Recent Initiatives

202

Local Initiatives

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The Role of DHHS and the Model Law

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The Synar Amendment and Regulations

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The Benefits of Reducing Access

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Designing a Youth Access Policy

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Intergovernmental Roles

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Essential Components of a Reduced Access Plan

210

Implement a Retailer Licensing System

210

Ban Tobacco Vending Machines

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Restrict Methods of Sale

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Ban Free Distribution

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Foster Community Action to Monitor and Encourage Compliance

217

Actively Enforce Youth Access Legislation

220

Additional Considerations to Guide Youth Access Legislation

222

Suggestions for Additional Policy Initiatives and Research

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Further Initiatives

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Tobacco-Free Zones Near Schools

224

Bans on Pharmacy Sales

225

Restrict Mail-Order Distribution

225

Additional Research Needed

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References

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