Journal article

A Store Cohort Study of Compliance With a Point-of-Sale Cigarette Display Ban in Melbourne, Australia

Meghan Zacher, Daniella Germain, Sarah Durkin, Linda Hayes, Michelle Scollo, Melanie Wakefield

Nicotine & Tobacco Research | OXFORD UNIV PRESS | Published : 2013

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: This study aimed to evaluate compliance with legislation which restricted cigarette displays in retail outlets, and to assess prevalence of pro- and anti-tobacco elements in stores pre- and post-legislation. METHODS Three audits of 302 stores in Melbourne, Australia by trained observers who gathered information on point-of-sale tobacco displays 2-3 months before and 3-4 and 11-12 months after the enactment of new restrictions. RESULTS: Between the first and second audits, nine stores stopped selling tobacco and three stores had either shut down or were closed for renovations. Of the remaining 290 stores, 94.1% observed the full ban on cigarette package visibility, while new..

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