Program History

Prevention Insights, formerly known as the Indiana Prevention Resource Center (IPRC), has been continuously involved with surveillance and enforcement of retailer compliance with tobacco laws in Indiana since the early 1990's.

  • 1992 – Synar Amendment is passed, requiring states to be more proactive about adolescent tobacco use
  • 1994 – IPRC conducts initial Synar Survey and finds Indiana’s Retailer Violation Rate is 40.9%
  • 1995 – IPRC continues annual Synar survey through to present
  • 1999 – FSSA/Division of Mental Health and Addiction receives grant from FDA to conduct undercover buy (UB) inspections. 
  • 2000 – Supreme Court declares FDA has no jurisdiction over tobacco
  • 2000 – IPRC begins year-round annual collaboration with DMHA to coordinate statewide Tobacco Retailer Inspection Program (TRIP)
  • 2009 – Tobacco Control Act passed giving FDA jurisdiction to regulate tobacco products
  • 2011 – Indiana ATC/Excise receives grant from FDA to conduct UB and Advertising and Labeling (A&L) inspections
  • 2016 – Indiana University is awarded the FDA grant to continue administering inspections
  • 2018 – Indiana Retailer Violation Rate is 18% (Low 5.3% in 2013)