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Am J Public Health. 1998 Jun;88(6):936-9.

Laying down the law: reducing illegal tobacco sales to minors in central Harlem.

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Division of Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University School of Public Health, New York, NY 10032, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

This study compared the impact of educational and enforcement interventions on retailers' sale of tobacco to minors in Central Harlem, New York.

METHODS:

In a randomized trial with repeated measures, 152 stores were randomly divided into control, education, and enforcement groups.

RESULTS:

Overall tobacco sales to 12- and 13-year-old minors at baseline (98%) were among the highest in the nation. At 6-month and 1-year follow-ups, decreases in rates of tobacco sales to minors were modest among education stores and substantial among enforcement stores.

CONCLUSIONS:

Effective reduction of tobacco sales to minors may require ongoing enforcement measures, including fines for retailers who violate state and local laws.

PMID:
9618624
PMCID:
PMC1508216
DOI:
10.2105/ajph.88.6.936
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article

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