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Age verification cards fail to fully prevent minors from accessing tobacco products.
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PMID:  20966133     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Background Proper age verification can prevent minors from accessing tobacco products. For this reason, electronic locking devices based on a proof-of age system utilising cards were installed in almost every tobacco vending machine across Japan and Germany to restrict sales to minors. Objective We aimed to clarify the associations between amount smoked by high school students and the usage of age verification cards by conducting a nationwide cross-sectional survey of students in Japan. Methods This survey was conducted in 2008. We asked high school students, aged 13-18 years, in Japan about their smoking behaviour, where they purchase cigarettes, if or if not they have used age verification cards, and if yes, how they obtained this card. Results As the amount smoked increased, the prevalence of purchasing cigarettes from vending machines also rose for both males and females. The percentage of those with experience of using an age verification card was also higher among those who smoked more. Somebody outside of family was the top source of obtaining cards. Surprisingly, around 5% of males and females belonging to the group with highest smoking levels applied for cards themselves. Conclusions Age verification cards cannot fully prevent minors from accessing tobacco products. These findings suggest that a total ban of tobacco vending machines, not an age verification system, is needed to prevent sales to minors.
Hideyuki Kanda; Yoneatsu Osaki; Takashi Ohida; Yoshitaka Kaneita; Takeshi Munezawa
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-10-21
Journal Detail:
Title:  Tobacco control     Volume:  20     ISSN:  1468-3318     ISO Abbreviation:  Tob Control     Publication Date:  2011 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-02-23     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9209612     Medline TA:  Tob Control     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  163-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Hygiene and Preventive Medicine, Fukushima Medical University, Hikarigaoka 1, Fukushima 960-1295, Fukushima, Japan.
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