Policy alternatives for reducing tobacco sales to minors: results from a national survey of retail chain and franchise stores

J Public Health Policy. Autumn 1992;13(3):318-31.


Minors' access to tobacco has become an important public health issue. Little is known, however, about the knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and behavior toward access among executives from businesses that sell tobacco. This study examined access from the perspective of corporate and regional headquarters of retail chains and franchises that sell tobacco. A total of 148 U.S. companies with the largest overall retail sales volume that sold tobacco were asked to participate; 91 agreed. The sample included grocery stores, convenience stores, gas station mini-marts, liquor stores, and drug stores. Data revealed at least moderate support for policies limiting youth tobacco access. Although most companies reported having in place policies to prevent minors from purchasing tobacco, these policies did not seem intensive. In addition, executives underestimated the extent of youth access. We conclude that the time is right for passage of bold policies to protect young people from tobacco.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent*
  • Child
  • Commerce*
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Humans
  • Licensure
  • Plants, Toxic*
  • Policy Making
  • Public Policy*
  • Tobacco*
  • United States