Sociodemographic Disparities in Tobacco Retailer Density in the United States, 2000–2017

Sociodemographic Disparities in Tobacco Retailer Density in the United States, 2000–2017

A study published in Nicotine & Tobacco Research examines the relationship between tobacco retailer density and neighborhood sociodemographic characteristics from 2000 to 2017. ASPiRE co-authors Sarah Mills, Amanda Kong, Alexandria Reimold, Chris Baggett, and Shelley Golden found that tobacco retailer density was higher in areas with more Black and Hispanic residents and also in neighborhoods with more vacant housing units, while retailer density was lower in areas with higher household incomes. While the relationships between retailer density and income and vacant housing became weaker over the time period, disparities remain and may contribute to inequities in tobacco use. Read the study.