Tobacco Prevention

Voluntary Compliance Checks: Working with Retailers to Stay in Compliance

The Prevention Resource Center-Region 8 completes over 1800 voluntary compliance checks with tobacco retailers each year within in the 28 counties of Region 8. Voluntary compliance checks is a prevention strategy of the Synar Law, which was created in 1992. Congressman Mike Synar of Oklahoma introduced an amendment which required States to enact and enforce laws prohibiting any manufacturer, retailer, or distributor from selling or distributing tobacco and was aimed at decreasing access to tobacco products among individuals under age 18.  Click here to read more on the Synar Law. 

A voluntary compliance check consist of checking to see if all tobacco products are locked and behind point of sale, checking to see if the tobacco retailer permit is valid and not expired, making sure proper signage is on display, and leaving a packet of from the State Comptroller’s Office with proper signage and information a tobacco retailer should know. We also remind tobacco retailers about the penalties of selling minors to anyone under the age of 18.

If you are a tobacco retailer and would like more information, call us a (210) 225-4741.

To request Tobacco Warning Sign #96-536  from the Texas Comptroller’s Office, call 1-800-862-2260.


How to Report Violations of Tobacco Laws

Individuals can report violation by phone or email.

Texas Comptroller’s Tobacco Enforcement Program:

Violations of Tobacco Laws include:

  • Retail sales of tobacco to underage youth
  • Failure to post tobacco warning signs in stores that sell tobacco products
  • Outdoor tobacco advertising within a 1,000 feet of a church or a school
  • Failure to possess and post a tobacco retailers permit
  • Sales of unpackaged cigarettes
  • Sales of cigarettes in packages containing less than twenty cigarettes
  • Minors under 21 who are in possession of tobacco products
  • Suspected criminal activity regarding tobacco smuggling, counterfeit tobacco permits, or tobacco tax fraud

Texas PRC Tobacco Prevention Coordinators 

Region 1

Justin Turner
City of Lubbock Public Health Department
806 18th St.
Lubbock, Texas 79401
Phone: 806-775-2968
Web Page:


Region 2

Sandra Walls
Abilene Regional Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse (ARCADA)
104 Pine St., Suite 4
Abilene, Texas 79601-5926
Phone: (325)673-2242  Fax: (325)673-3717
Toll-free: (800)588-8728
Web Page:


Region 3

Angel Estrada
The Recovery Resource Council
1349 Empire Central Drive, Ste. 800
Dallas, Texas 75247
Phone: 214/522-8600  Fax: 214/521-7253
Toll-free: 800/246-HOPE (4673)
Web Page:


Region 4

Chris Dolph
East Texas Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (ETCADA)
708 Glencrest Lane,
Longview, TX 756017
Phone: (903) 753-7633    Fax: (903) 753-5692
Toll-free: (800) 441-8639
Web Page:


Region 5

Linda Smith
Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council of Deep East Texas
304 N Raguet
Lufkin, Texas 75904
Phone: (936) 634-5753   Fax:(936) 639-2638
Toll-free: (844) 772-3483
Web Page:

Region 6

Marie Perez,BPH
The Council on Recovery
303 Jackson Hill St., Houston, TX 77007
Houston, Texas 77252-2768
Phone: (713) 942-4100 Fax: (713) 400-6684
Toll-free: (855) 942-4100
Web Page:


Region 7

Brandy Green
Brazos Valley Council on Alcohol and Substance Abuse (BVCASA)
4001 E 29th St., Ste. 90
Bryan, Texas 77802
Phone: (979) 846-3560   Fax: (979) 846-3213
Toll-free: (866) 448-1699
Web Page:


Region 8

San Antonio Council on Alcohol and Drug Awareness (SACADA)
7500 Hwy. 90 West, Ste. 100
San Antonio, Texas 78227
Phone: (210)225-4741
Fax: (210)225-4768
Web Page:


Region 9

Mollie Vega
Permian Basin Regional Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse
102 E. Second Street
Odessa, TX 79761
Phone: (432) 333-4100 Fax: (432) 580-5134
Toll-Free: (800) 332-2174
PRC Webpage:

Region 10

Jose Minjarez
Aliviane, Inc.
1626 Medical Center, 3rd Floor, Prevention Dept.
El Paso, Texas 79902
Phone: (915) 782-4000 Fax: (915) 782-4274
Toll-free: (844) PRC-TX10
Web Page:


Region 11

Daniel Rodriguez
Behavioral Health Solutions of South Texas (BHSST)
5510 N Cage Blvd., Ste. C
PHARR, Texas 78577
Phone: (956) 787-7111  Fax: (956) 781-1970
Toll-free: (866) 484-9689
Web Page:

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