Table 3

Mean importance and predictors of importance (on a scale from 1 (‘not at all important’) to 7 (‘very important’))

CharacteristicN (%)Mean score (SD)Difference in mean importance scores
(95% CI)
Unadjusted mean differenceAdjusted mean difference*
All retailers with known sell status646 (100.0)4.79 (1.97)
Retailer type
 Convenience store/general store180 (27.9)5.23 (1.73)ref.ref.
 Grocery stores, fruit and veg stores259 (40.1)5.56 (1.55)0.33 (0.00 to 0.66)0.37 (0.00 to 0.74)
 Newsagent/post office191 (29.6)3.48 (1.94)−1.75 (-2.11 to -1.40)−1.75 (-2.14 to -1.36)
 Accommodation16 (2.5)2.88 (1.86)−2.36 (-3.25 to -1.47)−2.25 (-3.16 to -1.34)
 P value<0.001<0.001
Socioeconomic status (SES) of location
 1-Lowest SES145 (22.4)4.97 (1.92)ref.ref.
 2163 (25.2)4.89 (2.05)−0.08 (-0.52 to 0.36)−0.07 (-0.47 to 0.32)
 3117 (18.1)4.61 (1.99)−0.37 (-0.85 to 0.12)−0.35 (-0.79 to 0.08)
 495 (14.7)4.82 (1.94)−0.15 (-0.66 to 0.36)−0.27 (-0.76 to 0.22)
 5-Highest SES126 (19.5)4.59 (1.92)−0.39 (-0.86 to 0.09)−0.41 (-0.90 to 0.09)
 P value0.3930.378
P trend 0.095 0.069
Remoteness
 Major city250 (38.7)4.85 (1.95)ref.ref.
 Inner regional area234 (36.2)4.63 (2.03)−0.22 (-0.57 to 0.13)−0.38 (-0.77 to 0.00)
 Outer regional area117 (18.1)5.04 (1.89)0.19 (-0.24 to 0.63)−0.18 (-0.64 to 0.28)
 Remote area34 (5.3)4.38 (1.95)−0.47 (-1.17 to 0.24)−1.06 (-1.75 to -0.37)
 Very remote11 (1.7)5.36 (1.91)0.52 (-0.67 to 1.71)−0.50 (-1.61 to 0.61)
 P value0.1740.025
 P trend 0.896 0.029
No of staff
 1113 (17.5)4.60 (2.01)ref.ref.
 2206 (31.9)4.69 (1.99)0.09 (-0.36 to 0.54)0.19 (-0.22 to 0.60)
 3–4220 (34.1)4.71 (1.98)0.11 (-0.33 to 0.56)−0.19 (-0.62 to 0.24)
 5+106 (16.4)5.31 (1.79)0.71 (0.19 to 1.23)0.02 (-0.50 to 0.54)
 Don’t know/can’t say1 (0.2)7.00 (0.00)n/an/a
 P value0.0130.188
 P trend0.0130.651
Distance to nearest tobacco retailer
 Less than 100 m235 (36.4)4.39 (2.06)ref.ref.
 100–199 m73 (11.3)4.88 (1.96)0.49 (-0.02 to 1.00)0.48 (0.02 to 0.94)
 200–499 m80 (12.4)4.75 (1.96)0.36 (-0.13 to 0.86)0.27 (-0.18 to 0.71)
 500–999 m65 (10.1)4.92 (1.91)0.54 (0.00 to 1.07)0.06 (-0.43 to 0.55)
 1000 m (1 km) or more190 (29.4)5.18 (1.79)0.80 (0.42 to 1.17)0.24 (-0.14 to 0.61)
 Don’t know/can’t say3 (0.5)7.00 (0.00)n/an/a
 P value0.0010.262
 P trend<0.0010.517
State
 WA (annual licence fee)103 (15.9)5.10 (1.71)ref.ref.
 VIC (no fee or listing requirement)182 (28.2)4.75 (2.01)−0.35 (-0.83 to 0.13)−0.38 (-0.84 to 0.09)
 NSW (one-off listing requirement)361 (55.9)4.72 (2.01)−0.38 (-0.81 to 0.05)−0.28 (-0.71 to 0.15)
 P value0.1500.280
  • n/a, not applicable; NSW, New South Wales; VIC, Victoria; WA, Western Australia.