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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}

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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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  • Competing interests None.

  • Ethics approval This study was approved by the insititutional review board of University at Albany.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Data sharing statement De-identified and cleaned Excel or SPSS files containing all relevant variables from this study will be made available to other qualified researchers within 1 year after the final manuscript from the project is published. A data sharing agreement will be required to ensure that the data will not be used for commercial or other purposes inconsistent with the terms of our informed consent or New York State law.