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- Youth tobacco access
- point-of-purchase advertising
- food stores
- public policy
- advertising and promotion
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 vegetables. …
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