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Empowering Retailers to Refuse to Sell Tobacco Products to Minors.

Empowering Retailers to Refuse to Sell Tobacco Products to Minors.
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Chen ML, Chou LN, Zheng YC,


Chen ML, Chou LN, Zheng YC, (click to view)

Chen ML, Chou LN, Zheng YC,

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International journal of environmental research and public health 2018 02 0115(2) pii E245
Abstract

Tobacco smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke are major environmental risk factors that negatively influence health. It is recommended that tobacco product manufacturers and retailers receive empowerment counseling programs to achieve adolescent health targets. The present study conducted an empowerment counseling session to counsel tobacco product retailers in refusing to sell tobacco products to minors. The three stages of this study were conducted from March 2015 to February 2017. The results revealed that 74% of retailers were selling tobacco products to minors at baseline, 40% at stage two and 15% at stage three. These represent significant reductions in selling tobacco products to minors (all stage differences p < 0.001). However, experimental design studies could be used to examine the empowerment counseling program for preventing tobacco sales to minors in the future. Moreover, health care providers should collaborate with tobacco product retailers to design unique empowerment counseling sessions for specific regions to improve retailers' capabilities for self-management in terms of tobacco hazard prevention.

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