Tobacco sales to NH youth increased 60 percent over 2011
CONCORD - Tobacco sales to youth in New Hampshire increased over the past year from 7.8 percent to 13.2 percent, nearly a 60 percent jump, according to a recent state compliance check of 291 retailers across the state.
"While the results of the checks were well under the federal Synar requirement of 20 percent, this does raise concerns," said Joe Harding, director of the Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services (BDAS). "Research shows that lower tobacco use by youth also decreases the chance that they will use drugs or alcohol."
The compliance checks involve sending an underage buyer into a store to see if the clerk will sell tobacco products to him or her.
According to data from the New Hampshire Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), there is a dramatic increase in the use of alcohol and other substances in youth who smoke.
A 2007 YRBS survey of 22,000 students revealed that for every 28 students who smoke, 27 also drank alcohol, according to the news release issued by the state Department of Health and Human Services.
BDAS works with the New Hampshire Division of Liquor Enforcement in conducting the tobacco compliance checks.
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Exeter teachers were kids' favorites - 6
- Jury overrules panel, awards malpractice verdict in son's death - 21
- Judge continues case against Keene parking meter 'Robin Hoods' - 35
- Teen told no fish story: He's the official derby winner - 0
- Pembroke man's family stunned by his shooting by Manchester police - 0
- New Conway library director coming from Manchester - 0
- Updated: Old Epping cemetery disturbed - 0
- Naturalization ceremony welcomes 26 new Americans - 1
- Pinkerton students pause to remember Lt. Paul DeMeo - 1
READER COMMENTS: 0
- 21 in Concord wake to find their tires slashed - 0
- House proposes special session to decide Medicaid expansion - 2
- NH man to be tried in $13 million mortgage fraud scheme - 0
- UPDATE: Elderly Nashua couple were stabbed to death - 3
- UPDATE: Police say man found dead outside Wall Street Towers jumped - 4
- House, Senate at standoff over vaccines, voter registration bill - 0
- Rochester parents called to court to answer for truant children - 2
- Exeter High teachers' resignations announced at meeting - 0
- Rochester woman under arrest in underage party - 0
Voter restrictions: Who will govern us?