Jose Luis Vazquez Martinez

Tobacco Retail Licensing and Youth Product Use

Jose Luis Vazquez Martinez - 9 January 2019

According to a study recently published by Roee Astor and colleagues (Astor RL, Urman R, Barrington-Trimis JL, et al. Tobacco Retail Licensing and Youth Product Use. Pediatrics. 2019;143(2):e20173536), in the medical journal Pediatrics, teenagers who live in communities with strong tobacco vendor licensing requirements could be at lower risk of tobacco use.


The researchers used the American Lung Association Reducing Sales of Tobacco Products to Youth scale to grade the jurisdictions where the study participants live. The highest ratings correspond to where all retailers pay annual license fees that cover enforcement programs and compliance checks for each store, yearly renewal of licenses, and provisions that any violation of a law is a violation of the permit.


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