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Health Place. 2015 Jul;34:63-6. doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2015.03.011. Epub 2015 May 2.

Convenience store visits by US adolescents: Rationale for healthier retail environments.

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1
Stanford Prevention Research Center, School of Medicine, Stanford University, 1070 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA.
2
Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research, 3800 North Interstate Ave., Portland, OR 97227, USA.
3
Stanford Prevention Research Center, School of Medicine, Stanford University, 1070 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA. Electronic address: lhenriksen@stanford.edu.

Abstract

Given interest in the public health impact of convenience stores, it is surprising that so little is known about the popularity of these destinations for youth. We surveyed 2772 adolescents (age 13-16) from a nationally representative web panel of US households. Nearly half (47.5%) of adolescents reported visiting convenience stores at least weekly. Significant risk factors for frequent visits were age, being African-American, living in rural areas and in areas with higher levels of neighborhood deprivation. With approximately 4.1 million US adolescents visiting convenience stores at least weekly, new policies and other interventions are needed to promote a healthier retail environment for youth.

KEYWORDS:

Adolescents; Disparities; Marketing; Retail; Tobacco

PMID:
25955537
PMCID:
PMC4497830
DOI:
10.1016/j.healthplace.2015.03.011
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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