Tobacco Retailer Density
The number of licensed tobacco retailers can vary dramatically from one community to another. The more tobacco retailers there are, the more exposure residents have to tobacco marketing. The more exposure to tobacco marketing, the more likely youth will start smoking, adult smokers will experience more cravings and impulse buying, and people trying to quit will be less successful.
The density of tobacco retailers (number of tobacco retailers per capita) is typically higher in low-income neighborhoods than in higher-income neighborhoods. This helps to explain the disproportionately high rate of smoking among New Yorkers with the least education and income who are 43% more likely to smoke than those with higher income and education.
While the tobacco use rate has steadily declined overall in the past decade, tobacco use is not an equal opportunity killer. Many factors contribute to the higher rates of smoking among those with the least education and income, and exposure to tobacco marketing is one of them.
Learn more about the negative impact of tobacco retailer density:
- Tobacco Disparities: Evidence Supports Policy Change
- Point of Sale Marketing: Disproportionately Targeting Vulnerable Populations
- Tobacco Retailer Number, Density and Location: Effects on Youth and Other Vulnerable Populations
Pharmacies are the face of neighborhood healthcare. Americans rely on their neighborhood pharmacies and pharmacists as easily accessible and trusted points of care. And yet, 52% of all pharmacies in New York still sell tobacco products, the only consumer product that, when used as intended, will kill at least one half of its long term users. Selling tobacco in pharmacies sends a mixed message to consumers about the dangers of tobacco products and makes it harder for smokers to quit.