Cigarette price variation around high schools: Evidence from Washington DC

Jennifer Cantrell, Ollie Ganz, Andrew Anesetti-Rothermel, Paul Harrell, Jennifer M. Kreslake, Haijun Xiao, Jennifer L. Pearson, Donna Vallone, Thomas R. Kirchner

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This study examines lowest cigarette prices in all tobacco retail outlets in Washington D.C. (. n=750) in relation to the type and number of high schools nearby, controlling for confounders. The lowest overall and Newport menthol prices were significantly lower at outlets near public non-charter and charter schools compared with outlets near private schools. Given higher smoking prevalence and more price-sensitive youth subgroups in U.S. public schools, exposure to low prices may contribute to tobacco-related health disparities in minority and low-income populations. Tobacco taxes combined with policies to minimize the increasing use of price as a marketing tool are critical.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)193-198
Number of pages6
JournalHealth and Place
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015


  • Schools
  • Tobacco control
  • Tobacco industry marketing
  • Tobacco pricing
  • Youth tobacco use

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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