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Point-of-purchase tobacco access and advertisement in food stores
  1. Akiko Sugimoto Hosler,
  2. Jamie Rochelle Kammer
  1. Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University at Albany School of Public Health, Rensselaer, New York, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Akiko S Hosler, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University at Albany School of Public Health, One University Place, Rensselaer, NY 12144-3456, USA; ahosler{at}albany.edu

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A great majority of tobacco retailers are food stores, such as convenience stores,1 which provide underage youth easy access to tobacco products.2 Largely unregulated tobacco point-of-purchase advertisement in food stores can entice experimental smoking in adolescents,3 ,4 and expose young children to crafted tobacco brand images.5 Food stores could offer unique opportunities for policy-based tobacco control, as multiple government agencies regulate them through sanitary inspection, taxation, licensing (eg, lottery tickets sales) and nutrition assistance programmes.6 This study identifies food-store characteristics associated with point-of-purchase youth tobacco access and advertisement in order to formulate food-store-specific tobacco control strategies.

All food stores in downtown Albany, New York, were identified through government lists of retailers and community canvassing. We defined a food store as a retail outlet that sold at least one of the following items: milk, bread, fruits or …

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