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Youth Tobacco Use Prevention: Restricting Minors’ Access To Tobacco Products Through Community Mobilization When Combined With Additional Interventions

Research from the Institute of Medicine and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that reducing tobacco sales to minors is part of a comprehensive approach to preventing tobacco use among children and youth.

The Guide to Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends community mobilization around reducing illegal sales to minors when combined with additional interventions, such as stronger local laws directed at retailers, active enforcement of retailer sales laws, retailer education and reinforcement.

As part of the Teen Smoking Prevention and Cessation Initiative, the North Carolina Health and Wellness Trust Fund Commission has provided funding to the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services (NC DHHS) in partnership with the N.C. Alcohol Law Enforcement Division to conduct an education and enforcement program to reduce youth access to tobacco products.

The FDA’s program Break the Chain helps educate retailers about regulations regarding the sale of tobacco products.

Other information and activities related to tobacco sales can be found at UNC-Chapel Hill's program website Counter Tobacco.