The relation between community bans of self-service tobacco displays and store environment and between tobacco accessibility and merchant incentives

R. E. Lee, E. C. Feighery, N. C. Schleicher, S. Halvorson

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Objectives. These studies investigated (1) the effect of community bans of self-service tobacco displays on store environment and (2) the effect of consumer tobacco accessibility on merchants. Methods. We counted cigarette displays (self-service, clerk-assisted, clear acrylic case) in 586 California stores. Merchant interviews (N = 198) identified consumer tobacco accessibility, tobacco company incentives, and shoplifting. Results. Stores in communities with self-service tobacco display bans had fewer self-service displays and more acrylic displays but an equal total number of displays. The merchants who limited consumer tobacco accessibility received fewer incentives and reported lower shoplifting losses. In contrast, consumer access to tobacco was unrelated to the amount of monetary incentives. Conclusions. Community bans decreased self-service tobacco displays; however, exposure to tobacco advertising in acrylic displays remained high. Reducing consumer tobacco accessibility may reduce shoplifting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2019-2021
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Issue number12
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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