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WashU: States, Communities Stepping Up Tobacco Sales Restrictions

More states and communities in the U.S. are regulating the sale of tobacco at retail outlets, according to a new report from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.

[Photo: Dr. Douglas A. Luke]

Researchers interviewed tobacco-control leaders from all 50 states and 80 sample localities last year about policy innovations and barriers. The research team was led by Dr. Douglas A. Luke, professor at the Brown School and director of the Center for Public Health Systems Science, which published the report.

Highlights of the report include:

“From 2012, when we started the project, through 2015, retail tobacco policy activity practically doubled at both the state and community levels,” Dr. Luke said. “Tobacco control programs and partners are increasingly realizing the power of policies, like those that regulate youth access and product availability, to reduce smoking and counter the industry’s influence in stores.”

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