205800 Swimming or sledding: Does an association exist between season and youth access to tobacco products in Indiana

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Desiree Goetze, MPH, CHES, CPP , Indiana Prevention Resource Center, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Aaron Jones, MPH , Indiana Prevention Resource Center, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of death and disease in the United States. Each year, more than 10,200 Indiana youth become daily smokers. One in three will die from smoking related diseases. More than half of all youth smokers 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. Retail clerks become the gatekeepers for tobacco access to minors. There is very little research in the area of youth access to tobacco as it relates to the season or time of year. Research indicates that other drug use such as marijuana increases during the summer months. However, in the summer retail clerks may be more sensitive to youth buyers because they are out of school. In this study we will look at the current tobacco retail outlet sales trends among inspection assistants in Indiana over the last seven years. We will examine the strength of association between the season and the sales of tobacco products to minors. Data will be analyzed from the Indiana Tobacco Retailer Inspection Program (TRIP). TRIP has conducted over 38,000 retailer 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 better assist prevention professionals and those working in training of retail clerks with the necessary data to tailor programs to have a broader effect on reducing tobacco sales to minors.

Learning Objectives:
1.Describe the tobacco retailer inspection program in Indiana. 2.Discuss sales trends in Indiana across the four seasons of the year. 3.Apply data trends to reducing tobacco sales to minors.

Keywords: Youth Access, Tobacco

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 six years and with the Tobacco Retailer Inspection Program for four 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.