Winooski Prevention Blog

Winooski Partnership for Prevention met with the Planning Commission to present results of advertising opinions survey, discuss sign regulations

"One man said he could. One man said he couldn't. They both were right."

Does tobacco advertising in stores target certain groups of people, such as youth, low income populations and racial/ethnic minorities? Of the Winooski and area residents who responded to this question in our 2018/2019 Winooski Tobacco and Alcohol Advertisement Opinions Survey, 43% strongly agreed with this sentiment while others varied between somewhat agreeing to having no opinion.

The truth is Big Tobacco does target certain populations with marketing and advertising, leading to health disparities among those populations.

The results are in! From December 2018 to April 2019, Winooski Partnership for Prevention distributed a survey on social media and at community events to collect Winooski residents’ attitudes on tobacco and alcohol advertising within the city.

What was the major takeaway? The majority of people would like to see fewer advertisements for tobacco, 87.5%, and alcohol, 78.8%, overall in Winooski.