Taking a Closer Look at The Tobacco Retail Landscape

The first step in understanding the tobacco retail landscape is to assess what types of stores are selling tobacco in your community. Tobacco retailers encompass many different store types, and some of these retailers accept SNAP and/or WIC, two federal programs that provide food assistance to lower income persons and families. Many tobacco retailers also display tobacco advertisements both inside and outside of their stores. Exposure to tobacco advertising and marketing is associated with increased tobacco use, including youth tobacco initiation.

Greater Prince William

The above image reflects data collected from 2016-2018 in Greater Prince William.