Tobacco Retail Density

View data on how easy it is to buy tobacco by location. This data is part of the Department of Public Health's Population Health Information Tool (PHIT).

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What you need to know

Tobacco retail density is a measure of the concentration of tobacco availability in a given area.
Massachusetts requires retailers to have a license in order to sell tobacco products, which allows for the tracking of tobacco retailers across the state. Retailers can include convenience and corner stores, gas stations, liquor stores and supermarkets.
Population data for the state, counties and communities is from the 2011-2015 American Community Survey. 

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You can use these data to compare the density of retailers in your community with other communities, your county, or the state as a whole.You can also use these data to assess exposure to tobacco retailers in your community.
Policymakers, stakeholders and the general public can use these data to help support policies which change the retail environment by limiting access and exposure to flavored tobacco products and raising the minimum price of cigars. Additionally, these data can help support the passage of policies which limit the number of tobacco retail licenses in the community.

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Information about these data

Retail density is not provided for towns with a population less than 1,000 (total population, adult population, or youth population) or for towns with no retailers.

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