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Promising Strategies to Remove Inexpensive Sweet Tobacco Products From Retail Stores
University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications
  • Cheryl Sbarra, Massachusetts Association of Health Boards
  • Margaret Reid, Boston Public Health Commission
  • Nikysha Harding, Boston Public Health Commission
  • Wenjun Li, University of Massachusetts Medical School
UMMS Affiliation
Department of Medicine, Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine; UMass Worcester Prevention Research Center
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To address public concerns about cigar use among young people, the City of Boston, Massachusetts, created, passed, and implemented its first cigar-packaging regulation in 2012 to reduce young people’s access to inexpensive flavored cigars. The regulation went into effect on January 31, 2012. It has produced promising results, as evidenced by increases in mean sale price, substantial decreases in the number of retailers selling single cigars, and reductions in disparities (by neighborhood, race, and income) in young people’s access to cigars in neighborhood retail stores. This brief article reviews the regulation and its effects.

  • municipal regulation,
  • packaging,
  • youth cigar use
DOI of Published Version
Public Health Rep. 2017 Jan/Feb;132(1):106-109 Epub 2016 Dec 12. Link to article on publisher's site
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Cheryl Sbarra, Margaret Reid, Nikysha Harding and Wenjun Li. "Promising Strategies to Remove Inexpensive Sweet Tobacco Products From Retail Stores" Vol. 132 Iss. 1 (2017) ISSN: 0033-3549 (Linking)
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