Integrating Tobacco Control and Obesity Prevention Initiatives at Retail Outlets

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“Tobacco products are sold in approximately 375,000 US retail outlets, including convenience stores and pharmacies, which often sell energy-dense, low-nutrient foods and beverages. The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) increased authority over tobacco product sales and marketing, combined with declining smoking rates, provides an opportunity to transition tobacco retailers toward healthier retail environments. The objective of this article is to describe the potential for interdisciplinary efforts to transition retailers away from selling and promoting tobacco products and toward creating retail environments that promote healthful eating and active living.”

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  1. This is how we turn the ship. We have to create an environment that supports making healthy choices. If the only choices available are bad ones…well, we would be kinda where we are. Making healthy choices is bound up in the culture we live in, what we are taught from an early age to value, as well as what “fits” our lifestyle. There is a culture shift toward health, fitness, and green living. We must capitalize on this to get policies in place to make the healthy choice the easy choice.

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