Prohibition of Tobacco Sales In Specific Places – 2009 Monitoring Update




September 2009

Type of Report

Monitoring Update


Comprehensive tobacco control includes prohibition of tobacco sales in specific places in order to decrease the physical availability of tobacco products. A key aspect of availability is outlet density, meaning how many places sell tobacco per unit of population or geographic area. Studies show an association between greater outlet density, higher likelihood of youth smoking and higher overall smoking prevalence. This update reviews the prohibition of tobacco sales in specific places by provincial, territorial and federal jurisdictions in Canada and highlights international recommendations and progress in other countries.

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