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Tobacco use prevention

Addressing tobacco use is a state priority.


Tobacco use by youth in Washington State:

  • E-cigarette/vapor product use increased significantly between 2016 and 2018.  10th grade youth reporting vape useage in the past 30 days increased from 13 percent in 2016 to 21 percent in 2018. (Healthy Youth Survey, 2016 and 2018).
  • 55 percent of 10th grade youth who vaped also reported using marijuana in 2018, compared to 7 percent of those who do not vape (Healthy Youth Survey, 2018).

Prevention strategies are being implemented throughout the state at local, county, and state levels, across the Continuum of Care that influence multiple domains and risk and protective factors. Here is a list of some state-wide initiatives focused specifically on tobacco:

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).

Washington State Synar stakeholder 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:

Community library - tobacco

Community library - e-cigarettes and vape