Table 1

Predictors of selling tobacco

CharacteristicSellers n/N (%)OR for current selling
(vs not current selling)
Unadjusted ORAdjusted ORˆ
All retailers with known sell status646/2140 (30.2)
Retailer type
 Convenience store/general store*180/262 (68.7)ref.ref.
 Grocery stores, fruit and veg stores259/453 (57.2)0.61 (0.44 to 0.84)0.73 (0.52 to 1.02)
 Newsagent/post office191/450 (42.4)0.34 (0.24 to 0.46)0.35 (0.25 to 0.49)
 Accommodation16/975 (1.6)0.01 (0.00 to 0.01)0.01 (0.00 to 0.01)
P value<0.001<0.001
Socioeconomic status (SES) of location
 1-Lowest SES145/434 (33.4)ref.ref.
 2163/585 (27.9)0.77 (0.59 to 1.01)0.80 (0.56 to 1.16)
 3117/399 (29.3)0.83 (0.62 to 1.11)1.05 (0.70 to 1.58)
 495/330 (28.8)0.81 (0.59 to 1.10)1.19 (0.77 to 1.82)
 5-Highest SES126/392 (32.1)0.94 (0.71 to 1.26)1.10 (0.73 to 1.66)
 P value0.3100.402
 P trend0.9030.290
Remoteness
 Major city250/795 (31.4)ref.ref.
 Inner regional area234/808 (29.0)0.89 (0.72 to 1.10)3.49 (2.52 to 4.85)
 Outer regional area117/420 (27.9)0.84 (0.65 to 1.09)2.88 (1.93 to 4.29)
 Remote area34/77 (44.2)1.72 (1.07 to 2.77)5.73 (2.67 to 12.30)
 Very remote11/40 (27.5)0.83 (0.41 to 1.68)5.71 (1.60 to 20.44)
 P value0.054<0.001
 P trend0.940<0.001
State
 WA (Annual licence fee)103/381 (27.0)ref.ref.
 VIC (no fee or listing requirement)182/836 (21.8)0.75 (0.57 to 0.99)0.63 (0.42 to 0.94)
 NSW (one-off listing requirement)361/923 (39.1)1.73 (1.33 to 2.25)0.86 (0.59 to 1.25)
 P value<0.0010.030
  • *Convenience store’ included outlets that self-described as a lunch bar, deli, milk car and corner shop.

  • NSW, New South Wales; VIC, Victoria; WA, Western Australia.