Cigarette sales to African-American and white minors in low-income areas of Baltimore

Am J Public Health. 1997 Apr;87(4):652-4. doi: 10.2105/ajph.87.4.652.


Objectives: This study documented illegal sales of cigarettes to minors in low-income African-American and White urban areas in East Baltimore.

Methods: Six youths, aged 14 through 16 years, were sent to a random sample of 83 corner stores to attempt to purchase cigarettes. The youths provided the investigators with data on merchant, store, and purchase characteristics.

Results: The youths successfully purchased cigarettes in 85.5% of the stores; 58% of the stores displayed five or more cigarette advertisements outside their premises.

Conclusions: Cigarette sales to minors and associated advertising remain prevalent in this urban community.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Baltimore
  • Black or African American*
  • Commerce
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Plants, Toxic*
  • Poverty*
  • Social Control, Formal*
  • Tobacco*
  • Urban Population
  • White People