The relation between community bans of self-service tobacco displays and store environment and between tobacco accessibility and merchant incentives

Am J Public Health. 2001 Dec;91(12):2019-21. doi: 10.2105/ajph.91.12.2019.


Objectives: These studies investigated (1) the effect of community bans of self-service tobacco displays on store environment and (2) the effect of consumer tobacco accessibility on merchants.

Methods: We counted cigarette displays (self-service, clerk-assisted, clear acrylic case) in 586 California stores. Merchant interviews (N = 198) identified consumer tobacco accessibility, tobacco company incentives, and shoplifting.

Results: Stores in communities with self-service tobacco display bans had fewer self-service displays and more acrylic displays but an equal total number of displays. The merchants who limited consumer tobacco accessibility received fewer incentives and reported lower shoplifting losses. In contrast, consumer access to tobacco was unrelated to the amount of monetary incentives.

Conclusions: Community bans decreased self-service tobacco displays; however, exposure to tobacco advertising in acrylic displays remained high. Reducing consumer tobacco accessibility may reduce shoplifting.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Advertising / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • California
  • Community Health Planning / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Environment*
  • Humans
  • Motivation
  • Smoking Cessation / methods*
  • Theft
  • Tobacco Industry / legislation & jurisprudence*