Tobacco-Free Pharmacy Laws and Trends in Tobacco Retailer Density in California and Massachusetts

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Objectives. To examine the impact of local laws prohibiting tobacco sales in pharmacies in California and Massachusetts, the only 2 US states in which such municipal laws exist.

Methods. We analyzed longitudinally the tobacco retailer density at the city level from tobacco retailer license data in California (2005–2013) and Massachusetts (2004–2014).

Results. After adjustments, the reduction in tobacco retailer density over time was 1.44 (95% confidence interval [CI] = 1.37, 1.51) to 3.18 (95% CI = 1.11, 5.25) times greater in cities with a tobacco-free pharmacy law than in cities without such a law.

Conclusions. Tobacco-free pharmacy laws are associated with a greater reduction in tobacco retailer density over time in California and Massachusetts.

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Yue Jin, PhD, Bo Lu, PhD, Elizabeth G. Klein, PhD, MPH, Micah Berman, JD, Randi E. Foraker, PhD, and Amy K. Ferketich, PhDAt the time of the study, Yue Jin, Randi E. Foraker, and Amy K. Ferketich were with the Division of Epidemiology, Bo Lu was with the Division of Biostatistics, Elizabeth G. Klein was with the Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion, and Micah Berman was with the Division of Health Services Management and Policy, College of Public Health, Ohio State University, Columbus. “Tobacco-Free Pharmacy Laws and Trends in Tobacco Retailer Density in California and Massachusetts”, American Journal of Public Health 106, no. 4 (April 1, 2016): pp. 679-685.

https://doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2015.303040

PMID: 26890173