Maryland Synar Reports

​​​​​What is the Synar Regulation?

Congress created the Synar Regulation in 1992 through its enactment of the Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Administration Reorganization Act (P.L. 102-321), which included an amendment (Section 1926) targeted to reducing youth access to tobacco products. Failure to comply with Synar will result in the reduction of Federal Block Grant funds for Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment services for behavioral health populations.
To comply with the federal Synar Amendment, Maryland has a law that prohibits the sale of tobacco to minors. The Behavioral Health Administration (BHA) must also conduct annual and random, unannounced inspections of over- the-counter tobacco outlets and vending machines to ensure that the law is being complied with and demonstrate to the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) that sales to minors are decreasing. The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) Behavioral Health Administration’s Tobacco Cessation and Compliance Section conduct the inspections and provide an annual report.
What is the purpose of Synar?
As a result of research evidence regarding the health hazards of tobacco use, the goal of the program is to reduce youth access to tobacco products with the ultimate goal of reducing youth tobacco use.

BHA Synar Reports: