Dr. Bo Feng presented the results of an evaluation of the effect of the first six years of the Food and Drug Administration's tobacco retailer compliance check program, which includes underage buyer ?sting? inspections, on youth cigarette purchasing and tobacco use patterns.
Feng. B. & Pesko, M. (2018, November). Revisiting the Effects of Tobacco Retailer Compliance Inspections on Youth Tobacco Use. Poster presentation at the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management Conference, Washington, DC.
We evaluated the effect of the first six years of the Food and Drug Administration's compliance check program, which includes underage buyer ?sting? inspections, on youth cigarette purchasing and tobacco use patterns. Abouk and Adams (2017b) studied the first three years of the program using Monitoring the Future and found evidence that the program changed purchasing patterns and decreased cigarette use among underage 12th graders. We nearly tripled the number of inspections we evaluated by studying the first six years of the program and found mostly null results. We also found null results when broadening the sample to include all underage youth and when using two additional data sources (National Youth Tobacco Survey and Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System). We speculate possible reasons for the program's ineffectiveness, including that underage decoys are prohibited from both lying about their age and using fake identification.