A new study from the American Association of Pediatrics found that that teenagers were a lot less likely to try to buy tobacco if they couldn’t see the cigarettes in the first place. Researchers had 1,200 teenagers ages 13 to 17 shop in a virtual store and buy anything they wanted. The shoppers who clicked through stores where they could see tobacco products dropped them in their carts more than twice as often (24.3 percent versus 9 percent). It’s a study without real adults laying down the law, of course, but the researchers think this could support new rules that put cigarettes where young eyes can’t see them.
Words: Desiree Browne