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Am J Public Health. 2000 May;90(5):790-2.

Cigars, youth, and the Internet link.

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  • 1Institute for Health Policy Studies, School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco 94143, USA. rmalone@itsa.ucsf.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

This study examined the accessibility and appeal to youth of cigar marketing sites on the Internet.

METHODS:

Sites marketing cigars (n = 141) were examined for age restrictions, prices, health warnings, and other elements.

RESULTS:

Although it is illegal for minors to purchase tobacco, only 36 sites (25.5%) prohibited purchases by minors. Sites offered low prices, and 32% accepted money orders, cashier's checks, or cash-on-delivery (COD) orders. Almost 30% of the sites included elements with potential youth appeal; only 3.5% displayed health warnings.

CONCLUSIONS:

The unregulated promotion of cigars on the Internet has the potential to attract youth, and there are few barriers to Internet tobacco purchases by minors.

PMID:
10800432
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PMCID:
PMC1446234
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