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State laws on youth access to tobacco: an update, 1993–1999
  1. J F Chriqui1,
  2. M M Frosh1,
  3. L A Fues1,
  4. R el Arculli2,
  5. F A Stillman3,*
  1. 1The MayaTech Corporation, Silver Spring, Maryland, USA
  2. 2National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, Maryland, USA
  3. 3Institute for Global Tobacco Control, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
  1. Correspondence to:
 Jamie F Chriqui, PhD, The MayaTech Corporation, 8737 Colesville Road, 7th Floor, Silver Spring MD 20910-3921, USA;jchriqui{at}

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Numerical scores rating the extensiveness of state laws on youth access to tobacco as of the years 1993–1996 were presented by Alciati and colleagues.1 The data were recently updated for 1997–1999 and corrected for 1993–1996. Notably, the current analysis captures more long term state legislative activity following implementation of the Synar Amendment2 and the attempted Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rule that included a number of youth access provisions.3

The results across the years 1993–1999 provide the opportunity for comparative benchmarking of state youth access laws based on recognised public health goals4 as well as for comparisons with state clean indoor air laws.5 Rating systems for both state youth access and clean …

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  • * F A Stillman's contribution was provided while at the National Cancer Institute.