Penn Study: Philly Bodegas Are Slowly Killing Us

PennDesign professor Amy Hillier has a study out today that documents a large volume of ads for sugary drinks and cigarettes in the corner stores and grocery stores of…guess which Philly neighborhoods.

The report, released today, found a disproportionate concentration of “unhealthy” ads in low-income neighborhoods and at places that participate in the supplemental nutrition assistance program—sometimes called food stamps…Past research — also from Hillier ― shows that Philadelphia probably has more tobacco and sugary drink ads, at a higher density, than other cities.

As Newsworks notes, the city passed a law in 2012 deemed that no more than 20% of a store’s window/glass space can be used for advertising. As you might imagine, there’s been “little enforcement.”

[Newsworks]

  • MaureenABA

    The non-alcoholic beverage industry has a long-standing commitment to responsible advertising and marketing practices. For instance, our member companies adhere to strict, self-imposed guidelines that prohibit them from airing advertisements for any products other than juice, water and milk-based products to any audience comprised primarily of children under the age of 12. In addition, the beverage industry complies with advertising regulations, including the oversight of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

    -Maureen Beach, American Beverage Association