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• Philadelphia has the highest adult smoking rate1 and the highest rate of tobacco retailers2 among the 10 largest U.S. cities.
• Governmental reports have identified high rates of illegal sale of cigarettes in Philadelphia2.
• Studies have found that a main source of cigarette use in low income communities is single (loose) cigarettes purchased at tobacco retailers or from unregulated street vendors3,4.
• While studies have shown that loose cigarette use is a problem among urban youth who reside in disadvantaged neighborhoods, less research has been performed among adults on this topic5,6, and no studies focus on Philadelphia.
• In order to efficiently target tobacco control efforts towards reducing smoking rates in Philadelphia, demographic, geographic, and behavioral factors affecting the purchase of loose cigarettes need to be determined.
1. What are the demographic and smoking-related correlates of having purchased loose cigarettes among adult smokers in Philadelphia?
2. Are smokers who purchased loose cigarettes more likely to reside in Philadelphia neighborhoods with high poverty rates, compared to smokers who did not?
3. Are smokers who purchased loose cigarettes more likely to reside in Philadelphia neighborhoods with high tobacco retail density, compared to smokers who did not?
Poster presented at APHA in Chicago, Illinois.
Purchase of Loose Cigarettes by Adult Smokers in Philadelphia: Individual-level Correlates and Neighborhood Characteristics, APHA, Chicago, Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson College of Population Health
Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Public Health
McIntire, PhD, MPH, Russell K., "Purchase of Loose Cigarettes by Adult Smokers in Philadelphia: Individual-level Correlates and Neighborhood Characteristics" (2015). College of Population Health Posters. 1.