Tobacco Control

EXPERTISE

Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease, disability, and death in the United States, accounting for more than 480,000 deaths each year. Each day in the United States, approximately 1,600 youth under age 18 smoke their first cigarette and nearly 200 youth younger than 18 become daily cigarette smokers. An estimated 5.6 million of today’s Americans under age 18 will die early from a smoking-related illness.

Understanding emerging trends is critical in the ever-changing world of tobacco products. According to a 2018 national youth survey, current e-cigarette use—or “vaping”—among middle and high school students increased to more than 3.6 million kids.

JBS has actively supported programs to prevent underage tobacco sales to minors for more than two decades through contracts with the Food and Drug Administration and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and has worked in all 50 states and 9 federal jurisdictions on this issue.

Our teams have evaluated and designed random selection and statistical sampling programs that measure retailer compliance to the Synar Amendment, which prohibits the sale of tobacco products to people under age 18. JBS has evaluated and developed existing prevention and Synar programing to improve retailer compliance including inspection analysis and preparation of the Annual Synar Reports for various states.

In December 2019, new federal legislation raised the minimum sales age for tobacco products to 21. JBS is poised to help revise inspection protocols and sampling designs to help states achieve their mandated retail violation rates for young adults. This includes incorporating electronic nicotine devices in sampling designs and updating merchant education materials.

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