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Does Tobacco Outlet Inequality Extend to High-White Mid-Atlantic Jurisdictions? A Study of Socioeconomic Status and Density

TitleDoes Tobacco Outlet Inequality Extend to High-White Mid-Atlantic Jurisdictions? A Study of Socioeconomic Status and Density
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsFakunle, DO, Thorpe, R. J., J, Furr-Holden, CDM, Curriero, FC, Leaf, PJ
JournalJ Racial Ethn Health Disparities
Date PublishedNov 16
ISBN Number2196-8837
Accession Number30446987
KeywordsCensus tracts, Education, Income, race, socioeconomic status, Tobacco outlets
Abstract

Tobacco outlet density research has evolved to require a more refined examination of socioeconomic status' influence beyond median household income. This study investigates the effects of SES on census-tract-level tobacco outlet density in five predominantly White Maryland jurisdictions. Tobacco license addresses and demographic data were analyzed via t tests and spatial lag modeling. Results showed that higher SES jurisdictions had lower tobacco outlet density than lower SES jurisdictions despite similar White populations and that median household income had consistent associations with tobacco outlet density. This study corroborates findings that differences in SES correlate with differences in tobacco outlet density between racially similar areas.