Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis are using agent-based modeling to study innovative policies in the retail setting and their impact in different types of communities, especially those with low-income and minority populations. Data from the Big City Tobacco Control and Retailer Density & Disease projects help inform model development for Tobacco Town by adding current and realistic tobacco retailer characteristics, tobacco use patterns, and user behaviors.
Check out our new Tobacco Swamps interactive dashboard. You can use these tools to show how retail interventions could affect the tobacco retailer landscape and tobacco use behaviors.
Douglas Luke and Ross Hammond
“The Tobacco Town study is exciting because the computer models will help us to better understand how retail policies actually operate to improve community health. In turn, communities will learn how to tailor these policies to meet their particular tobacco control needs.” — Douglas Luke