Philadelphia has twice as many cigarette retailers per capita as any other city, making teenagers far more likely to be lured to smoke, according to Health Commissioner Thomas Farley.
“The major way big tobacco markets cigarettes these days is point-of-sale marketing in stores, and it works,” Farley said. “It gets more kids smoking and more kids addicted.”
Farley said reducing that number is crucial to curbing smoking since most ads for cigarettes are in stores that sell them.
“The rules allow stores to continue to have the permits for as long as they want to, they just simply prevent new stores from opening up in those neighborhoods that have too many stores already,” he explained.
By Pat Loeb