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Am J Public Health. 1998 Jun;88(6):932-6.

Evaluation of an enforcement program to reduce tobacco sales to minors.

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Department of Cancer Control and Epidemiology, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY 14263, USA. mcummings@sc3102.med.buffalo.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

This study evaluated an active enforcement program to increase retailers' compliance with the law prohibiting tobacco sales to minors.

METHODS:

Tobacco sales to minors were monitored in 319 outlets in 6 pairs of communities in Erie County, New York. One community in each pair was randomly assigned to an enforcement intervention.

RESULTS:

Retailers' compliance with the law increased from 35% in 1994 to 73% in 1995. However, the change in compliance rates was roughly the same for stores in the enforcement and nonenforcement communities.

CONCLUSIONS:

Active compliance checking of retail outlets as a strategy to reduce illegal tobacco sales to minors may only be necessary insofar as it contributes to an increase in retailers' perception that the threat of enforcement is real.

PMID:
9618623
PMCID:
PMC1508243
DOI:
10.2105/ajph.88.6.932
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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