A systematic review of neighborhood disparities in point-of-sale tobacco marketing

Joseph G.L. Lee, Lisa Henriksen, Shyanika W. Rose, Sarah Moreland-Russell, Kurt M. Ribisl

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A Systematic Review of Neighborhood Disparities in Point-of-Sale Tobacco Marketing Wesystematically reviewed evidence of disparities in tobaccomarketing at tobacco retailers by sociodemographic neighborhood characteristics. We identified 43 relevant articles from 893 results of a systematic search in 10 databases updated May 28, 2014. We found 148 associations of marketing (price, placement, promotion, or product availability) with a neighborhood demographic of interest (socioeconomic disadvantage,race,ethnicity, and urbanicity). Neighborhoods with lower income have more tobacco marketing. There is more menthol marketing targeting urban neighborhoods and neighborhoods with more Black residents. Smokeless tobacco products are targetedmore toward rural neighborhoods and neighborhoods with more White residents. Differences in store type partially explain these disparities. There are more inducements to start and continue smoking in lower-income neighborhoods and in neighborhoods with more Black residents.Retailermarketing may contribute to disparities in tobacco use. Clinicians should be aware of the pervasiveness of these environmental cues.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e8-e18
JournalAmerican Journal of Public Health
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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