Limiting the Number and/or Density of Tobacco Retailers

The more tobacco retailers there are, the more exposure residents have to tobacco marketing. The more exposure to tobacco marketing, the more likely youth will start smoking, adult smokers will experience more cravings and impulse buying, and people trying to quit will be less successful.

The density of tobacco retailers is typically higher in low-income neighborhoods. New Yorkers with the less education and lower income are 43% more likely to smoke than those with higher income and education

Reducing the visibility and accessibility of tobacco products is an effective way to prevent youth smoking and motivate smokers to quit. Decreasing the number of tobacco outlets to a ratio of 1 per 1,000 residents is our statewide goal.