Point of Purchase Tobacco Environments and Variation by Store Type—United States, 1999
March 8, 2002 / Vol. 51 / No. 9
The March 8, 2002, issue of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) contains a report entitled, "Point of Purchase Tobacco Environments and Variation by Store Type—United States, 1999." The report indicates that despite restrictions on some tobacco advertising, more than 90% of retail stores that sell tobacco products had some form of tobacco advertising including interior and exterior advertisements; self-service pack placement; multi-pack discounts; tobacco vending machines; and tobacco-branded functional objects such as shopping carts, counter mats.
Convenience, convenience/gas, and liquor stores were most likely to have "tobacco friendly" environments (i.e., environments within which patrons would be exposed to high tobacco advertisement, promotional, and functional object levels.) Prior research indicates 75% of teenagers shop at convenience or convenience/gas stores at least once per week where they are exposed to high levels of tobacco marketing.
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