BAD, SEATTLE TOBACCO RETAILERS! BAD!

King County Public Health today released a list of retailers that have been caught selling tobacco to minors. 

The release said that 15% of the time that undercover checks were conducted a retailer would sell tobacco to minors.  That number is up over the last five years from a 7% rate in the previous test.  Dr. David Fleming, the Director of Public Health – Seattle & King County, said that progress was made but that there was still work to do.  From the release:

“We’ve made progress over the past ten years in reducing the impact of tobacco addiction in our community, but we need to keep this good work going,” said Dr. David Fleming, Director of Public Health — Seattle & King County. “As funding for proven tobacco prevention programs is eliminated statewide, the tobacco industry continues to find new ways to market products that appeal to kids.”

The tobacco industry has responded to tougher federal regulations around the marketing and advertising of cigarettes with new tobacco products that are attractive to youth, such as dissolvable tobacco that closely resembles gum, candy and breath strips, and cigars, cigarillos and snus (teabag-like pouches of tobacco) in flavors such as peach, chocolate, strawberry and grape.

Data on the impacts of smoking were also included.  Since the mid-1990’s, there has been a considerable decline in the percentages of smokers in the population.  However, public health folks will tell you there is good reason to be vigilant.

Sales of tobacco to teens are a high concern because most adult tobacco addictions start in youth; 90% of current smokers became addicted before they were 19 years old. Overall, about a third of all kids who become regular smokers before adulthood will eventually die from smoking. Tobacco use is the leading cause of death in King County, leading to 1,990 deaths per year and $343 million in medical care costs, lost productivity and other expenses.

 

Seattle retailers that sold tobacco to minors in 2011 in Seattle
(70 sales to 63 retailers)

Note: Bold highlights retailers that made two sales.

Business Name Address Zip
STEWART ST. MARKET
1812 8TH AVE
98101
BROADWAY ROY 76
915 E ROY ST
98102
CHOICE TOBACCO
603 E BROADWAY
98102
PETE’S SUPER MARKET
58 E LYNN
98102
SMOKE STOP
219 BROADWAY E STE #17
98102
SUPER 97 STORE
109 BROADWAY E
98102
7 ELEVEN STORE # 2307-18553C
3939 STONE WAY AVE N
98103
AURORA GROCERY
8958 AURORA AVE N
98103
CHEAPSKATES TOBACCO
9891 AURORA AVE
98103
CROWN MARKET
9525 AURORA AVE N
98103
FREMONT CIGAR
3526 FREMONT PL W
98103
GUS COOPER FOOD MART
4605 FREMONT AVE N
98103
Z FOOD MART
9530 AURORA AVE N
98103
BARTELL DRUG COMPANY #10
1101 MADISON ST
98104
7-ELEVEN STORE 2307-29078A
101 NE 50TH ST
98105
SAFEWAY STORE #3091
4732 BROOKLYN AVE NE
98105
UNIVERSITY 76
4557 BROOKLYN AVE NE
98105
UNIVERSITY VILLAGE 76
5100 25TH AVE NE
98105
WALLINGFORD SHELL MART
210 NE 45TH ST
98105
SEAPORT FOOD MART
7800 DETROIT AVE SW
98106
DOLLAR PLUS
2220 NW MARKET ST
98107
SAFEWAY FUEL #1477
1423 NW MARKET ST – FUEL
98107
WALGREENS #03604
5409 15TH AVE
98107
HOP IN GROCERY – MONTLAKE
2605 22ND AVE E
98112
MONTLAKE TEXACO 76
2625 E MONTLAKE PL
98112
SAFEWAY #1993
2201 E MADISON
98112
DELRIDGE DELI MART
3861 DELRIDGE WY SW
98116
GRANDECKER FOOD MART & GAS
9201 HOLMAN RD NW
98117
GREENWOOD CENTER
355 NW 85TH
98117
WALGREENS #05950
4412 RAINER AVE S
98118
DRAVUS BP (76)
1517 W DRAVUS ST
98119
QFC #811
1600 W DRAVUS ST
98119
BELLTOWN CAFÉ MARKET
2911 2ND AVE
98121
DAN’S BELLTOWN GROCERY
2221 3RD AVE
98121
AMY’S MERKATO
2922 E CHERRY ST
98122
BP ARCO AM/PM
665 23RD AVE
98122
CITY MARKET
1722 BELLEVUE AVE
98122
PINE FOOD STORE
701 PINE ST E
98122
SOUTHSEA GROCERY
917 E JEFFERSON
98122
UNION MARKET
996 E 21ST ST
98122
99 CENTS ETC
3012 NE 127TH ST
98125
LAKE CITY DOLLAR STORE
13737 LAKE CITY WAY NE
98125
TOWN MARKET
10704 5TH AVE NE
98125
UNION 76 APEX SHELL
11346 LAKE CITY WAY NE
98125
WALGREENS
859 NE NORTHGATE WAY
98125
DISCOUNT SMOKE & BEVERAGE
9450 SW 35TH AVE
98126
SOUTH SEATTLE MARKET
6352 35TH AVE SW
98126
SUPER DELI MART
9051 35TH AVE SW
98126
CIGAR & PIPE
13510 AURORA AVE N STE A
98133
DANS DELI MART
10513 GREENWOOD AVE N
98133
DENNY WAY SHELL
620 DENNY WAY
98133
EASY SMOKE & MARKET
10333 AURORA AVE
98133
FRIENDLY FOOD MART
10500 GREENWOOD AVE N
98133
CORNER STORE & DELI
1720S JACKSON
98144
HILLTOP RED APPLE MARKET
2701 BEACON AVE S
98144
JERUSALEM MINI MART
2504 S JACKSON ST
98144
QUICK PACK FOOD MART
2616 S JACKSON ST
98144
RITE AID #5224
2707 RAINIER AVE S
98144
SEATTLE DELI
225 12TH AVE S #101
98144
ALBERTSON’S NO. 418
10616 16TH AVE SW
98146
ORIGINAL DELI
1215 4TH ABE AB LEVEL
98161
7-ELEVEN STORE 2307-23525D
12848 MARTIN LUTHER KING WAY S
98188
MAGNOLIA THRIFTWAY
3830 34TH AVE W
98199