Each month, the Geographic Health Equity Alliance (GHEA) aggregates the latest news and research related to place-based tobacco control and geographic health disparities. This post is updated regularly throughout the month.

(Last updated: March 29, 2020)

Place-Based Tobacco Control News and Research

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Researchers evaluated the effects of implementation of tobacco retailer licenses on density of tobacco retailers in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They found that, three years after implementation, the density of tobacco retailers declined by a little over 20%, with a 12% decline in the rate of retailers within 500 feet of schools. The reduction in tobacco retailer density was significantly greater in low-income districts compared to “not-low-income” districts. These findings suggest that tobacco retailer licenses can effectively reduce tobacco retailer density, income-based disparities, and rates of tobacco retailers near schools.

In this cross-sectional study of nearly 900,000 US adults, researchers assessed the association between various e-cigarette regulations and current e-cigarette use. They found that the odds of current e-cigarette use were significantly lower in states that required retailer licenses to sell e-cigarettes, prohibited the sale of all tobacco products to those under age 21, and taxed e-cigarettes. This study suggests that various state regulations regarding e-cigarettes may influence, and ultimately reduce, e-cigarette use.

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