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Youth Access to Tobacco and Synar Info

The federal Synar Amendment requires states to have laws in place prohibiting the sale
and distribution of tobacco products to persons under 18 years-of-age and to enforce those
laws effectively. Annual Synar checks, required by the amendment, show that great strides
have been made the reduction in retailer violations of the law and youth access to tobacco
products in Michigan.

 A Strategic Tobacco Plan  Developed by the Youth Access to Tobacco Workgroup  

Keeping Tobacco Away From Kids: Retailer Education Kit - Booklet 
 (for owners and managers) 

Keeping Tobacco Away From Kids: Retailer Education Kit - Presentation 
 (Part 1 & 2) **

Presentation Handout  
Power Point Presentation with Notes **Retailer Education Kit icon

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Annual Synar Report, FFY2021, Michigan

Annual Synar Report, FFY2020, Michigan

Annual Synar Report, FFY2019, Michigan

Annual Synar Report, FFY2018, Michigan

Annual Synar Report, FFY2017, Michigan

Annual Synar Report, FFY2016, Michigan

Annual Synar Report, FFY2015, Michigan

Annual Reports: Youth Tobacco Sales Rates, Synar
      FY 2014   FY2013     FY2012     FY2011     FY2010     FY2009     FY2008        

Report Potential Tobacco Product Violations to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Recovery Oriented Systems of Care (MDHHS/OROSC)
The office of Recovery Oriented Systems of Care is providing the general public the opportunity to report sales to minors, single cigarette selling or other violations related to the Michigan Youth Tobacco Act on the MDCH/OROSC TOBACCO COMPLAINT FORM available by clicking on this site.

Synar Policy items:

Prevention Policy # 01: Synar
This policy incorporates, by reference, the protocols and procedures provided below:

Formal Synar Survey Protocol

This protocol consists of the following documents:

1. Michigan Synar Protocol Overview 4-2021

2. Vendor Education:
a. Vendor Education Protocol 
    b. 2b Vendor Education Script - Final 2022

3. Preparation Checklist for Compliance Checks:

    a. Chaperone Guidance for Compliance Checks
    b. Youth Inspector Guidance for Retailer and Vending Machine Compliance Checks
    c. Protocol Form when Conducting Compliance Checks (pdf)
        Protocol Form when Conducting Compliance Checks (MS Word)   

    d. Instructions For Completing YTA Protocol Compliance Check Reporting Form

4. Compliance Check Reporting (CCR) (for reporting Synar results)
Compliance Check Results Spreadsheet FFY 2023    
    b. Instructions for Completing YTA CCR Spreadsheet

5. Master Retailer List (MRL) Improvements 
    a. Synar Guide to MRL Updating
    b. MRL List Coverage Study Procedures

6. 2016 Coverage Study Protocol
    a. Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) Tobacco Retailer Coverage Study
    b. Sample Routing Sheet    
    c. Coverage Study Reporting Form (XL)

7. Tobacco Complaint Forms
    a. Tobacco Complaint Form, Michigan Youth Tobacco Act (MS Word)

    b. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Tobacco Complaints
8.  Link to Tobacco Signs and Information - HEALTH PROMOCLEARINGHOUSE (CLICK "Tobacco")



Other Related Items:

Youth Tobacco Act Legislation
This Act, commonly referred to as YTA, prohibits the selling, giving, or furnishing of tobacco products to minors (last amendment eff. 9/1/2006).

Tobacco Brochures
Brochures on quitting, effects of smoking, and information for retailers.



Improving Michigan Practices
Free Power Point training for tobacco compliance, quiz and certificate