Limited policies to control the way in which tobacco products are marketed and sold at retail have been implemented for decades, beginning with prohibitions on the sale of tobacco products to minors. Over the past twenty years there have been progressive prohibitions on the types of outlets that may sell tobacco products, notably those that are geared to promoting health or serving youth such as hospitals and pharmacies. Despite these advances, tobacco products continue to be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week in most communities in Ontario, sold in practically every corner store, gas station and grocery store, as well as a myriad of other outlets.
Many in the Canadian and global tobacco control communities believe the time has come for a restructuring of the retail environment for tobacco products. However, little has been documented of the specific levers regulating tobacco retail availability in the current tobacco control landscape. This project involved a policy scan exploring existing policy levers adopted in the retail environment (broadly defined) addressing supply chain management at the point of sale (i.e. the end-retailer). This scan examined policies around the world, with a focus on North America.
Demonstrating specific examples is useful in revealing what levers might or might not be working, identifying current gaps, and also shedding light on how we can further develop and encourage policies that would foster healthy retail environments. The database includes descriptions of the regulations, classification of the type of regulations, and identification of the jurisdictions. Links to the actual wording of the regulations are included where available and all information is sortable and searchable. This database is meant to be an active document—corrections, comments, and updates are encouraged. Please contact Michael.Chaiton@camh.ca for more information.