A study examining tobacco retailer density in both Missouri and New York found that density was higher in low-income and racially diverse neighborhoods and African-American neighborhoods. However, if a policy were put in place that banned tobacco retailers within 1000 feet of schools, most of the disparities in retailer density between neighborhoods would be eliminated. Learn more about licensing as a way to restrict where tobacco can be sold.
An analysis of two longitudinal studies of current smokers in Finland found that smokers who lived farther away from a tobacco outlet were more likely to successfully quit, where a 500 meter (1/3 mile) increase in the distance that the smoker lived from a tobacco outlet was associated with a 20% to 60% increase in odds of quitting smoking. Walking distance to a tobacco outlet did not appear to influence relapse for ex-smokers. Learn more about licensing and zoning as strategies to reduce tobacco retailer density.
Thanks to all who entered our 5th Annual Photo Contest - we received nearly 50 images from 16 states and even as far away as Pakistan! When it comes to demonstrating what's happening at the point of sale, photos that capture the tobacco industry's marketing tactics really are worth 1000 words. We hope these photos will be useful for POS tobacco control advocates and coalitions across the country. View winners for each category here.