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Health Place. 2015 Jan;31:193-8. doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2014.12.002. Epub 2015 Jan 5.

Cigarette price variation around high schools: evidence from Washington DC.

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1
Department of Research and Evaluation, Legacy, Washington, DC, USA; Department of Health, Behavior and Society, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD, USA. Electronic address: jcantrell@legacyforhealth.org.
2
Department of Research and Evaluation, Legacy, Washington, DC, USA.
3
Schroeder Institute for Tobacco Research and Policy Studies, Legacy, Washington, DC, USA; Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, USA.
4
Moffitt Cancer Center, Department of Health Outcomes and Behavior, Tampa, FL (current affiliation); Department of Mental Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD (affiliation at the time the article was written).
5
Department of Research and Evaluation, Legacy, Washington, DC, USA; Department of Health, Behavior and Society, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD, USA.
6
Department of Health, Behavior and Society, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD, USA; Schroeder Institute for Tobacco Research and Policy Studies, Legacy, Washington, DC, USA.

Abstract

This study examines lowest cigarette prices in all tobacco retail outlets in Washington D.C. (n=750) in relation to the type and number of high schools nearby, controlling for confounders. The lowest overall and Newport menthol prices were significantly lower at outlets near public non-charter and charter schools compared with outlets near private schools. Given higher smoking prevalence and more price-sensitive youth subgroups in U.S. public schools, exposure to low prices may contribute to tobacco-related health disparities in minority and low-income populations. Tobacco taxes combined with policies to minimize the increasing use of price as a marketing tool are critical.

KEYWORDS:

Schools; Tobacco control; Tobacco industry marketing; Tobacco pricing; Youth tobacco use

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