Young people's access to tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs

Ogilvie, D., Gruer, L. and Haw, S. (2005) Young people's access to tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs. British Medical Journal, 331(7513), pp. 393-396. (doi: 10.1136/bmj.331.7513.393)



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Young people in the UK can easily obtain cigarettes and alcoholic drinks from a range of social and illicit commercial sources before they reach the legal minimum purchase age; many also report having access to illicit drugs. Prices of alcoholic drinks and most illicit drugs, but not cigarettes, have been falling in real terms. Increasing the price of tobacco and alcohol is likely to reduce young people’s demand for them. Enforcing or raising minimum purchase ages can reduce under-age sales of tobacco and alcohol, and has also been shown to reduce young peope’s hazardous use of alcohol. Unenforced voluntary agreements with retailers, and intervening in illicit distribution systems, have not been shown to influence young people’s use of tobacco, alcohol or other drugs.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gruer, Dr Lawrence and Ogilvie, David
Authors: Ogilvie, D., Gruer, L., and Haw, S.
Subjects:R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing > Centre for Population and Health Sciences
Journal Name:British Medical Journal
Journal Abbr.:BMJ
Publisher:BMJ Publishing Group Ltd.
ISSN (Online):1756-1833
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2005 BMJ Publishing Group Ltd.
First Published:First published in BMJ 331(7513):393-396
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.

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