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.”