The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) divisions of Behavioral Health and Tobacco Use Prevention and Control, and the Iowa Department of Commerce Alcoholic Beverages Division (ABD), share responsibility for certain tobacco use prevention and enforcement duties in the state of Iowa. ABD is authorized pursuant to Iowa Code Chapter 142A and a Memorandum of Understanding with the Iowa Department of Public Health to provide enforcement for Iowa’s tobacco, alternative nicotine and vapor product laws. ABD is also tasked with providing education to retailers regarding Iowa’s tobacco, alternative nicotine and vapor product laws.
In July 1992, the U.S. Congress enacted the Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Administration Reorganization Act (P.L. 102-321), which included the Synar Amendment (section 1926) aimed at decreasing youth access to tobacco. The amendment requires states to enact and enforce laws prohibiting the sale or distribution of tobacco products to individuals under 18 years old. To determine compliance with the legislation, the amendment requires each state to inspect retail tobacco outlets and report the findings to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Visit the Iowa Department of Public Health’s website to download the Annual Synar Report.