Sustained effects of an educational program to reduce sales of cigarettes to minors

Am J Public Health. 1991 Jul;81(7):891-3. doi: 10.2105/ajph.81.7.891.


We report 1-year follow-up data from a sample of stores participating in a 6-month community-wide educational effort to reduce cigarette sales to minors in Santa Clara County, California. The proportion of over-the-counter sales to minors at the 1-year follow-up illustrated that although statistically significant reductions were maintained 6 months after the intervention ended, recidivism occurred. Suggestions for achieving long-term reductions in sales to minors are offered.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • California / epidemiology
  • Community Health Services / standards*
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Health Education / standards*
  • Humans
  • Industry*
  • Program Evaluation
  • Psychology, Adolescent*
  • Smoking / epidemiology
  • Smoking / psychology
  • Smoking Prevention*