180211 Tobacco sales to minors: Crossing the gender boundary

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Desiree Goetze, MPH, CHES, CPP , Indiana Prevention Resource Center, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Aaron Jones, MPH , Indiana Prevention Resource Center, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Francis Mawanda , Indiana Prevention Resource Center, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Tobacco consumption causes an enormous amount of health problems, sometimes resulting in suffering and related deaths in the United States and around the world. Research suggests that most adult smokers began smoking before their 18th birthday with the average age of smoking initiation at 14.5 years of age. More than half of all youth smokers usually buy the cigarettes they smoke, either directly from retailers or vending machines, from other kids, or by giving money to others to buy for them. Therefore, retail clerks become a gatekeeper to tobacco access for minors. Over the years, the proportion of smokers who are male and female have changed, this drug knows no gender boundary. Today, smoking rates among males and females in high school are almost equal. In this study we will look at current tobacco retail outlet sales trends among male and female tobacco inspection assistants in Indiana over the last 6 years. We will examine the strength of association between the gender of an inspection assistant and the sale of tobacco products to minors. Data will be analyzed from the Indiana Tobacco Retailer Inspection Program (TRIP). TRIP has conducted over 30,000 retail outlet inspections since 2001. Male and female youth ages 15 17 enter retail outlets and attempt to purchase tobacco using a standardized protocol. The results will assist prevention providers in better understanding youth access to tobacco and provide the necessary data to tailor education programs to have the broadest effect on reducing sales to minors around the world.

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe the tobacco retailer inspection program in Indiana. 2. Discuss tobacco sales trends among male and female youth in Indiana. 3. Apply data trends to reducing tobacco sales to minors.

Keywords: Gender, Tobacco Legislation

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have worked in the field of tobacco prevention for the last five years and with the tobacco retailer inspection program for three years. I am a research associate with Indiana University.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.