Does proximity and density of tobacco outlets impede quit attempts?

Human fist breaking pack of cigarettes Anti smoking conceptA study from the US suggested people who live closer to tobacco outlets are less likely to successfully quit smoking.

We replicated this study in the UK to see whether the close proximity, or density of tobacco outlets near smokers’ homes affected quitting success in both Birmingham and Bristol.

In our study, neither of these factors affected whether people successfully quit smoking.

Impact of tobacco outlet density and proximity on smoking cessation: A longitudinal observational study in two English cities. Han, Alexander, Niggebrugge, Hollands, & Marteau. 2013.

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