Majority of citizens in New York's Clinton, Essex, Franklin counties support restricting promotional displays for tobacco at point of sale, according to survey

LOS ANGELES , November 1, 2011 () – A survey found that the majority of the people living in New York’s Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties are supportive of restricting point of sale promotional displays for tobacco, iStockAnalyst.com reported Oct. 30.

Jill Rock, spokeswoman for the grass-roots coalition Adirondack Tobacco Free Network said the ads tend to be colorful with imagery attractive to younger generations and are typically prominently displayed as tobacco companies pay for the best spots.

About 350 people from each of the three counties answered the Summer Community Survey, which is conducted annually by the Siena Research Institute. Responders of both genders were equally represented, while their ages ranged from 18 to 60 and above, according to the article.

Prohibiting stores near schools from selling tobacco was supported by 59% of those surveyed in Clinton County, followed by 58% in Franklin and 49% in Essex.

About 55% of residents in Clinton and Franklin counties, and 52% from Essex County were in favor of restricting the visibility of tobacco products, while 76% of Franklin County respondents and 69% in Clinton and Essex said they believe their communities have a teen smoking problem, iStockAnalyst.com reported.

The survey was conducted across 17 of the state’s counties, and the majority of the state’s respondents expressed their support for regulating displays, restricting licenses and keeping tobacco sales out of pharmacies, all strategies that the Tobacco Control Program is currently considering.

Rock said adopting a Canadian policy that requires tobacco products be hidden and stored away in drawers and cabinets would help fight youth smoking.

The primary source of this article is iStockAnalyst.com, Salem, Oregon, on Oct. 30, 2011.

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