New Infographic! Reduce Tobacco Stores in Your Community

New Infographic! Reduce Tobacco Stores in Your Community

March 15, 2017

Communities with many tobacco stores — and many stores near one another — often bear the brunt of tobacco use. Greater concentration and higher numbers of tobacco retailers, as well as retailers’ proximity to schools, have been associated with higher rates of youth smoking, higher rates of cigarettes smoked per day, and lower rates of quitting. Low-income areas and areas with many African American or Latino residents often have more tobacco stores — and more of them packed together. Not surprisingly, these communities suffer most from the negative health effects associated with tobacco use.

Reducing the density and number of tobacco retailers is a promising strategy for decreasing tobacco use, curbing exposure to tobacco marketing, and promoting health equity. We partnered with to develop an easy-to-use infographic, How to Reduce Tobacco Retailer Density and Why, to illustrate 5 ways communities can reduce the number and density of local tobacco stores. Residents, advocates, and decisionmakers can use this infographic to learn why addressing tobacco retailer density is important and to help them pick the best strategies for their community.

Check out the infographic and our related resource, the Tobacco Retailer Licensing Playbook. We are also available to provide technical assistance to state health departments working on tobacco retailer density or other tobacco control strategies through tobacco retailer licensing. To stay current on our tobacco work, subscribe to our emails and contact us to learn more!

How to reduce tobacco retailer density - an infographic