Using data on known tobacco outlets throughout NZ, GIS was used to map outlets, deprivation and secondary schools. A total of 5008 tobacco outlets were identified, giving a density of 1 outlet per 617 people or 1 outlet per 165 smokers. One-half of secondary schools had an outlet within 500 m. Tobacco outlets were more densely located in areas of higher socioeconomic deprivation. A third of all tobacco outlets had a licence to sell alcohol. This study indicates the widespread retail availability of tobacco and the need for a mandatory system of registration for better enforcement of smokefree legislation.
Citation: Marsh, L., Doscher, C., & Robertson, L.A. (2013). Characteristics of Tobacco Retailers in New Zealand. Health & Place, 23 (2013) 165-170
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