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WashU: New York Offers Useful Lessons in Reducing Tobacco Industry Influence

Strong partnerships and the involvement of youth were important factors in New York City’s successful adoption of point-of-sale tobacco restrictions, according to a new case study from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.

[Photo: Dr. Sarah Moreland-Russell]

In 2013, the city passed two of the most comprehensive point-of-sale policies in the nation: one raised the minimum age to buy tobacco and e-cigarettes from 18 to 21; the second restricted price discounts, set minimum price and packaging requirements and increased enforcement and penalties for tax evasion. Both policies were fully implemented in August 2014.

The study, Reducing Cheap Tobacco and Youth Access: New York City, provides a roadmap through the policy development process. It was published by the Brown School’s Center for Public Health Systems Science, as part of a project funded by the National Cancer Institute.

“New York City is making significant progress implementing comprehensive point-of-sale policies,” said Dr. Sarah Moreland-Russell, research assistant Professor at the Brown School. “It is exciting to highlight their work so that other communities can learn from their experience and initiate similar policy work.”

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