Cigarette price variation around high schools: Evidence from Washington DC

Jennifer Cantrell, Ollie Ganz, Andrew Anesetti-Rothermel, Paul Harrell, Jennifer M. Kreslake, Haijun Xiao, Jennifer L. Pearson, Donna Vallone, Thomas R. Kirchner

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Abstract

This study examines lowest cigarette prices in all tobacco retail outlets in Washington D.C. (. n=750) in relation to the type and number of high schools nearby, controlling for confounders. The lowest overall and Newport menthol prices were significantly lower at outlets near public non-charter and charter schools compared with outlets near private schools. Given higher smoking prevalence and more price-sensitive youth subgroups in U.S. public schools, exposure to low prices may contribute to tobacco-related health disparities in minority and low-income populations. Tobacco taxes combined with policies to minimize the increasing use of price as a marketing tool are critical.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)193-198
Number of pages6
JournalHealth and Place
Volume31
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

Keywords

  • Schools
  • Tobacco control
  • Tobacco industry marketing
  • Tobacco pricing
  • Youth tobacco use

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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    Cantrell, J., Ganz, O., Anesetti-Rothermel, A., Harrell, P., Kreslake, J. M., Xiao, H., Pearson, J. L., Vallone, D., & Kirchner, T. R. (2015). Cigarette price variation around high schools: Evidence from Washington DC. Health and Place, 31, 193-198. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2014.12.002