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Wonder What May Be Contributing to Usage of Various Smoking Products? Check Your Local Tobacco Retail Licensing Regulations :

January 7, 2019

Much has been published about contributors to increased teen smoking. One important area that deserves more attention is the role of local tobacco retail licensing (TRL) regulations.

Much has been published about contributors to increased teen smoking. One important area that deserves more attention is the role of local tobacco retail licensing (TRL) regulations. Astor et al. (10.1542/peds.2017-3536) studied 1553 Southern California 11th and 12th graders with a mean age of 17.3 years. This cohort was then followed 1.5 years later when they had reached the age to legally purchase conventional cigarettes, e-cigarettes, and other smoking products.  Each adolescent was assigned to a local jurisdiction which varied in terms of the strength of its local/municipal TRLs based on ratings given to these jurisdictions by the American Lung Association.  Teens living in four jurisdictions with a grade “A” rating were less likely to have ever-smoked at baseline or to have used any tobacco products in the past 30 days compared to those who had grades of “D” through “F”, and these differences persisted over time.        

Are you familiar with the TRLs where you live?  If not, you should be and see if they can be as strong as the “A” grade laws are in the areas where teen smoking appears to be curtailed compared to those local areas where they are less restrictive.  You’ll light up at the findings in this study, which also provides what criteria are required to grade a TRL regulation “A” through “F” while providing some hope that if we are going to curtail youth smoking, we cannot just do it with advice given in the office setting, but in combination with community legislation that mandates tighter retail licensing regulations for sales of tobacco and other smoking products.  Read this study and you may find yourself calling your local city council representative to learn more about the TRL laws in your area.

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