Every day, members of our military are ready, serving our country with honor and courage. And, they face an incredible threat from tobacco that I find terribly upsetting. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about military smoking, so did a little digging on our North Carolina Store Mapper (which, for full disclosure, incorporates 2012 data and is currently under renovation).
Check this out, it’s Goldsboro, NC, home of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base… each of those red dots are tobacco retailers — places where tobacco is sold.
What do you think? Does it seem like a lot of retailers? Only a few?
It’s a lot. TWICE the state average. Retailer density in Goldsboro is 1.59, meaning there are 1.59 retailer available for every 1,000 people. The state average is half that: 0.79.
Why should we care? Higher retailer density means higher access to tobacco, probably means more tobacco advertisements, more tobacco price discounts, more kids smoking, a lot harder time quitting. (You can ask me for the science on all this; it exists.)
In my mind, this is yet another aspect of Corporate Tobacco that is totally unacceptable.