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Tana Feiner, Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services
Under the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (SAPT) block grant Synar requirement, every state in the country must conduct annual unannounced random inspections of tobacco retailers to determine the compliance rate with laws prohibiting the sale of tobacco products to persons under the age of 18. To fulfill the Synar requirement, each year the state of Wisconsin contracts UWSC to conduct the Synar study, which involves choosing a random sample of tobacco retail outlets, inspecting the sampled outlets, and then estimating the overall state retailer violation rate based on the results of the compliance checks.
UWSC has been conducting the yearly sample frame creation, coverage studies, and compliance checks for the state of Wisconsin since 2000.
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