OSU Studies Rate of Carding for Tobacco in Columbus

A new study by OSU researchers and published in the American Journal of Health Promotion found that young people have less of a chance of being carded for cigarettes depending on the kind of shop, especially so in shops which emphasize tobacco advertisement.

The study demonstrated that people 20 and 21 years of age were not carded 60 percent of the time, even when the city was close to banning tobacco sales to people under 21 years of age. As stated these young adults were far less likely to be carded in shops with lots of tobacco ads.

The study used fieldworker visits to 103 randomly chosen tobacco retailers in Columbus, OH.

The study was intended to gather baseline data on how young adults near the cutoff were carded so the information could inform future enforcement. The study found that well over half, 64 percent, of grocery stores checked ID with only 34 percent of tobacco shops and convenience stores checking IDs. Alcohol stores, bars and restaurants only ID 29 percent of the time.

Though the numbers are disappointing from a public health standpoint they do help confirm data gathered in previous studies.