Public Health Effects of Restricting Retail Tobacco Product Displays and Ads

Tob Regul Sci. 2015 Apr;1(1):61-75. doi: 10.18001/trs.1.1.7.


Objectives: To estimate the public health impact from restricting US retail point-of-sale (POS) tobacco product displays and advertising.

Methods: Based on existing research, this paper estimates the effects on initiation and cessation rates from restricting POS tobacco product displays and ads in the US and uses the SimSmoke simulation model to project related smoking declines and health benefits.

Results: New comprehensive POS restrictions are projected to reduce smoking prevalence by approximately 16% [range=3%-31%] relative to the status quo by 2065, preventing about 630,000 smoking-attributable deaths [range=108,000-1,225,000], 215,000 low birth weight births [range=33,000-421,000], 140,000 preterm births [range=22,000-271,000], and 1900 infant deaths from SIDSs [range=300-3800].

Conclusions: Federal, state, or local action to restrict POS tobacco product displays and ads would contribute to a substantial reduction in smoking-attributed death and disease.

Keywords: SimSmoke; modeling; point-of-sale; public health; retail; smoking.