Age verification cards fail to fully prevent minors from accessing tobacco products

Hideyuki Kanda, Yoneatsu Osaki, Takashi Ohida, Yoshitaka Kaneita, Takeshi Munezawa

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Abstract

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 13e18 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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163-165
Number of pages3
JournalTobacco Control
Volume20
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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