Cigarette Display Regulation At Point Of Sales (POS) And Its Impact On Cigarette Sales

Document Type : Research Articles


1 Health Information Management Program, Faculty of Health, Dian Nuswantoro University, Semarang, Indonesia.

2 Public Health Program, Faculty of Health Sciences, Universitas Dian Nuswantoro, Semarang, Indonesia.

3 Faculty of Economy and Business, Universitas Indonesia.


Objective: This study aims to determine the impact of cigarette display settings on cigarette sales in the stores in Semarang City.

Methods: The research was conducted in August-October 2020 using a quasi-experimental study approach. It was conducted by setting the cigarette display in 3 methods where (1) the cigarette display was opened for 35 days in 5 stores, (2) the cigarettes display was covered with cloth for a pre and post-intervention period of 15 and 30 days, respectively, at five stores and (3) the cigarette display was hidden for a pre and post-intervention period of 15 and 30 days, respectively, at three stores. Cigarette sales were recorded based on how many packs or sticks were sold per day, and a visit to the store was made every two or three days without prior notification to the store owner to ensure the cigarette display was appropriate and recorded data. The sales data was descriptively evaluated using a paired t-test with a 95% confidence level.

Result: The results showed that one hidden cigarette display store (R3-1) experienced a significant decrease in sales, three hidden/covered display stores had a less significant decrease in cigarette sales and four hidden/covered display stores didn’t have any decline in cigarette sales while the average decline in cigarette consumption in stores was -1.4packs/day. From the analysis of sales per day and the paired pre-post intervention test, the store with a covered display showed no difference in the pre-post intervention sales, while the stores with hidden displays showed differences.

Conclusion: Thus, covered displays did not affect stores and cigarette sales, while stores with hidden displays showed differences in sales.


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