Annual Compliance Rate Remains Below Target
Topeka - SRS Acting Secretary Don Jordan announced today that Kansas has
continued to maintain compliance with federal requirements regarding the sale of
tobacco to minors.
The Kansas Department of Revenue- Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) works with
the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS) to conduct
random, unannounced inspections of tobacco retailers. Annually, retail outlets
across the state are checked to determine the state's compliance rate. Of those
inspected, 80.1% did not sell tobacco products to minors.
The federal Synar Amendment requires states to maintain a compliance rate of
80% or better. At 80.1%, the Kansas compliance rate is improved from a 62%
compliance rate recorded in 2004. The state fell below the required target in
2004 and has instituted a comprehensive set of strategies to improve compliance
and protect youth from addiction to nicotine.
This annual review provides a better understanding of the difficulties and
successes in enforcing retailer compliance with youth tobacco access laws, said
Jordan. Our agency's intention is to maintain a strong focus for continued
Kansas has engaged both state and local partners to prevent the sale of
tobacco to minors. In addition to enhanced enforcement, communities mobilized to
reach retailers through education and incentives. A statewide campaign entitled,
It's Everybody's Business, provides resource materials for retailers to train
clerks. Additionally, a statewide incentive-based program was launched during
the past year to both educate and reward positive actions by clerks who do the
right thing by not selling tobacco to Kansas youth.
Coalitions and organizations will continue to work together in a concentrated
effort to improve compliance. SRS, Kansas Regional Prevention Centers, The
Kansas Department of Health and Environment/Tobacco Use Prevention Program, ABC,
Tobacco Free Kansas Coalition, and Kansas Family Partnership have all been a
part of these important efforts.
Tobacco users typically start smoking in early adolescence. Almost all first
time use occurs prior to high school graduation. Currently, 29% of high school
students report using at least one form of tobacco, according to the Kansas
Youth Tobacco Survey. Cigarette smoking is reported by 21% of high school
students. An estimated 300 Kansas youth become regular smokers each month.
For help to quit smoking, call the Kansas Tobacco Quit Line at 1-866-KAN-STOP (1-866-526-7867).