In July 1992 Congress enacted the Synar amendment (named for its sponsor, former congressman Mike Synar of Oklahoma).
The purpose of the Synar amendment (Section 1926 of the Public Health Service Act) is to reduce the sale of tobacco products to
persons under the age of 18. The Synar survey is designed to estimate the percentage of Pennsylvania cigarette retailers who have
violated the law by selling cigarettes to minors.
Results of the Synar survey are posted annually and include the estimated statewide retail violation rate, regional retail violation rates and statistical comparisons.
Results of the coverage survey assess the quality of the Synar survey sampling frame.
Synar Instruction Manual
The manual details Synar survey design, procedures, inspection protocol and data collection forms.
SAPT Block Grant Application
To access the
website, log in as "citizenpa" and use
"citizen" as the password. The Annual Synar Report (ASR) Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2014 provides the official means for Pennsylvania
to comply with the reporting provisions of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 300x-26) and the
Tobacco Regulation for the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (SAPT)
Block Grant (45 C.F.R. 96.130 (e)). The SAPT Block Grant Application is
available on the web.