Density of tobacco retail outlets near schools and smoking behaviour among secondary school students
Maree Scully, Molly McCarthy, Meghan Zacher, Charles Warne, Melanie Wakefield, Victoria White
Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health | WILEY-BLACKWELL | Published : 2013
OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether the density of tobacco retail outlets near schools in Victoria, Australia, is associated with adolescent smoking behaviour. METHODS: Cross-sectional survey data of 2,044 secondary school students aged 12-17 years was combined with tobacco outlet audit data. Associations between students' self-reported tobacco use and the density of tobacco outlets near schools was examined using multilevel logistic and negative binomial regression models, with cigarette price at local milk bars and key socio-demographic and school-related variables included as covariates. RESULTS: Increased tobacco retail outlet density was associated with a significant increase in the numbe..View full abstract
The Victorian Department of Health contributed to the funding of the student survey.