Availability of tobacco products at stores located near public schools

Int J Addict. 1991 Aug;26(8):837-50. doi: 10.3109/10826089109058924.


The nearby store is an obvious major site where adolescents obtain tobacco products. We investigated availability of tobacco products to adolescents at those stores located closest to public junior high and high schools by using 3 novel methods: (1) interviewing store personnel; (2) recording types and location of tobacco products, promotional items, and the legal age warning signs within stores; and (3) observing purchasing behavior. Store personnel were interviewed at randomly selected Southern California stores (n = 36) and Illinois stores (n = 12). Results showed that store personnel used tobacco at twice the rate of the general public, and that they often use tobacco while working at the store. Promotional advertisements were present at many stores, while tobacco use legal age signs were posted at few stores. Approximately 50% of the store personnel admitted that they would sell to minors, and many reported that they had seen teenagers using tobacco near the stores. Several apparently illegal purchases were observed. Tobacco use prevention program and policy implications are discussed.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Attitude
  • California / epidemiology
  • Child
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Illinois / epidemiology
  • Incidence
  • Male
  • Plants, Toxic*
  • Schools*
  • Smoking / epidemiology
  • Smoking / psychology*
  • Smoking Cessation*
  • Smoking Prevention*
  • Social Environment*
  • Tobacco Use Disorder / epidemiology
  • Tobacco Use Disorder / prevention & control*
  • Tobacco Use Disorder / psychology
  • Tobacco*