• The tobacco industry spends

    $1 million per hour

    on advertising and marketing, most of it at the point of sale

  • The POS Report to the Nation 2014 estimates

    374,584

    retailers sell tobacco products in the contiguous U.S

  • The POS Report to the Nation 2016 reports

    53,566

    pharmacies still sell tobacco products

  • In the U.S. there are

    27

    tobacco retailers for every one McDonalds (POS Report to the Nation: 2012)

  • Communities in

    42 states

    have conducted retail tobacco store assessments

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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

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