Convenience store visits by US adolescents: Rationale for healthier retail environments

Health Place. 2015 Jul;34:63-6. doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2015.03.011. Epub 2015 May 2.


Given interest in the public health impact of convenience stores, it is surprising that so little is known about the popularity of these destinations for youth. We surveyed 2772 adolescents (age 13-16) from a nationally representative web panel of US households. Nearly half (47.5%) of adolescents reported visiting convenience stores at least weekly. Significant risk factors for frequent visits were age, being African-American, living in rural areas and in areas with higher levels of neighborhood deprivation. With approximately 4.1 million US adolescents visiting convenience stores at least weekly, new policies and other interventions are needed to promote a healthier retail environment for youth.

Keywords: Adolescents; Disparities; Marketing; Retail; Tobacco.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Black or African American
  • Commerce*
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Health Behavior / ethnology
  • Health Status Disparities
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Marketing*
  • Residence Characteristics*
  • Risk Factors
  • Smoking Prevention