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Am J Public Health. 2001 Jul;91(7):1124-5.

Measuring statewide merchant compliance with tobacco minimum age laws: the Massachusetts experience.

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Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Worcester, MA 01655, USA. difranzj@ummhc.org

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

This study evaluated merchant compliance with laws prohibiting the sale of tobacco to minors in Massachusetts.

METHODS:

Stratified cluster sampling was used to select outlets from which youths aged 13 to 17 years attempted to purchase tobacco.

RESULTS:

Illegal sales were more common when the youth purchasing the tobacco was older, when the clerk was male, and when tobacco was obtained from a self-service display or unlocked vending machine. Failure to request proof of age was the strongest predictor of illegal sales.

CONCLUSIONS:

Measured compliance rates are strongly influenced by the age of the youths used to purchase tobacco.

PMID:
11441743
PMCID:
PMC1446711
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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