• Every day the tobacco industry spends

    $25 million

    on advertising and marketing

  • The Point of Sale Report to the Nation Estimated

    300,000

    retailers sold ENDS (electronic nicotine delivery systems) in the U.S.

  • A Truth Initiative Report Revealed

    79%

    of pharmacies still sold tobacco products

  • In the U.S. there are

    28 times

    MORE TOBACCO RETAILERS THAN STARBUCKS (POS REPORT TO THE NATION)

  • Counties that performed retail tobacco assessments were

    6x

    as likely to adopt POS policies than those that had not

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Highlights from the Convenience Store News 2020 Tobacco Report

  Despite public health and legislative successes in tobacco control policy over the recent years, tobacco products maintain a dominant presence in the retail environment and in convenience stores in particular. The “Tobacco Deep Dive” Convenience Store News ... Read More

California’s Ban on the Sale of Flavored Tobacco Products

  On August 28, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law Senate Bill 793, prohibiting the sale of most flavored tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes. Effective January 1, 2021, tobacco products with a 'characterizing flavor', defined as ... Read More

 

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The War in the Store

A ‘War in the Store’ Started Twenty Years Ago, and the battle still rages on…WarInStore Composite 2 JPG

Tobacco companies now spend the vast majority of their advertising and promotional dollars at the point of sale, vying for customer hearts and minds. This “War in the Store” was triggered in 1993 when Philip Morris heavily discounted its Marlboro brand, and other tobacco companies followed suit to compete. 

While the Master Settlement Agreement of 1998 (an agreement between the major tobacco companies and 46 state attorney generals) curtailed some tobacco company advertising. For instance, by getting rid of Joe Camel and other cartoon characters and banning product ads on billboards and magazines, it left the store environment relatively free

Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable and premature death in the US

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