Topeka – SRS Secretary Don Jordan announced today that Kansas compliance with
federal requirements regarding the sale of tobacco to minors continues to
The federal Synar Amendment requires states to maintain a compliance rate of
80% or better. The Kansas compliance rate, at 87.1%, has improved 7% from last
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 last year, 87.1% did not sell tobacco products to minors.
A statewide campaign, “It’s Everybody’s Business,” provides resource
materials to train clerks regarding the law and their responsibility to check
identification and refuse sale of tobacco to minors. In addition, the
Department of Revenue has established a Cigarette and Tobacco Enforcement team
to provide education and compliance visits to retailers to assist them in
meeting requirements of the law.
Coalitions and organizations have worked together in a concentrated effort to
improve compliance since 2004 when the state fell below the targeted rate. SRS,
Kansas Regional Prevention Centers, ABC, The Kansas Department of Health and
Environment/Tobacco Use Prevention Program, Tobacco Free Kansas Coalition, and
Kansas Family Partnership have all been a part of the state’s success.
“The results of these efforts thus far are impressive,” said Jordan. “We
will continue working together to ensure we remain successful in preventing the
sale of tobacco to minors.”
Tobacco users typically start smoking in early adolescence. Nearly all first
time use occurs prior to high school graduation. Cigarette smoking is reported
by 20.6% of high school students. Currently, 25.2% of high school students
report using at least one form of tobacco, according to the Kansas Youth Tobacco
Retailers can access information and resources by calling 785-266-6161 or
toll free 800-206-7231. For help to quit smoking, call the Kansas Tobacco Quit
Line at 1-866-KAN-STOP (1-866-526-7867).