Tobacco Abuse Prevention

In August 2012 the Washington State Substance Abuse Prevention and Mental Health Promotion Five-Year Strategic Plan was completed, and was most recently updated in November 2017. Tobacco misuse and abuse is identified as one of the state priorities to address. The information below is to support and inform prevention professionals working on the individual or environmental level to improve effectiveness of prevention efforts.

Retailer Education Information

Community groups can play a key part in keeping tobacco and vapor products out of the hands of youth by reaching out to their local retailers.  Here are some resources to help:

In the spring of 2016, an information packet went out to all 5,900 tobacco retailers.  The purpose was to provide information to tobacco retailers on the state youth access law (RCW 26.28.080); the penalties for sales to minors; and resources available to support compliance.  Read the cover letter

Have a retailer education success story to share?  Blog about it on The Athena Forum!

Synar Stakeholder Information

The Synar Amendment requires states to enact and enforce laws prohibiting the sale or distribution of tobacco products to individuals under the age of 18.  Each state is required to completed unannounced compliance checks of tobacco retailers and report the violation rate annually to the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Items of interest to Synar Stakeholders in Washington:

Tobacco 21 Information

Items of interest related to raising the legal sales age for tobacco to 21 in Washington:



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