Association of availability of tobacco products with socio-economic and racial/ethnic characteristics of neighbourhoods

M. Siahpush, P. R. Jones, G. K. Singh, L. R. Timsina, J. Martin

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Abstract

Objective: To examine the association of neighbourhood median income and racial/ethnic composition with the availability of tobacco products in Omaha Metropolitan Area, Nebraska, USA. Methods: A total of 94 census tracts were selected at random. The outcome measures were the percentage of stores that sold tobacco and the number of stores that sold tobacco per square mile in each census tract. Results: Median household income was negatively associated (P< 0.001), and percentage African American population (P< 0.001) and percentage Hispanic population (P= 0.049) were positively associated with the percentage of stores that sold tobacco. Median household income was negatively associated (P< 0.001) and percentage Hispanic population (P= 0.012) was positively associated with the number of stores that sold tobacco per square mile. Conclusion: Policies that reduce the number of tobacco outlets might reduce social disparities in tobacco use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)525-529
Number of pages5
JournalPublic Health
Volume124
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2010

Keywords

  • Income
  • Neighbourhood
  • Race/ethnicity
  • Tobacco availability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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