Marketing little cigars and cigarillos: advertising, price, and associations with neighborhood demographics

Am J Public Health. 2013 Oct;103(10):1902-9. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2013.301362. Epub 2013 Aug 15.


Objectives: We have documented little cigar and cigarillo (LCC) availability, advertising, and price in the point-of-sale environment and examined associations with neighborhood demographics.

Methods: We used a multimodal real-time surveillance system to survey LCCs in 750 licensed tobacco retail outlets that sold tobacco products in Washington, DC. Using multivariate models, we examined the odds of LCC availability, the number of storefront exterior advertisements, and the price per cigarillo for Black & Mild packs in relation to neighborhood demographics.

Results: The odds of LCC availability and price per cigarillo decreased significantly in nearly a dose-response manner with each quartile increase in proportion of African Americans. Prices were also lower in some young adult neighborhoods. Having a higher proportion of African American and young adult residents was associated with more exterior LCC advertising.

Conclusions: Higher availability of LCCs in African American communities and lower prices and greater outdoor advertising in minority and young adult neighborhoods may establish environmental triggers to smoke among groups susceptible to initiation, addiction, and long-term negative health consequences.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Advertising* / methods
  • Black or African American
  • Commerce / economics
  • District of Columbia
  • Humans
  • Qualitative Research
  • Regression Analysis
  • Residence Characteristics*
  • Tobacco Products / economics*
  • Tobacco Products / supply & distribution*
  • Young Adult