We asked our audience to submit photos showcasing tobacco industry marketing tactics and promotional strategies at the point of sale (POS), and we received nearly 50 great photos from 16 states and even as far away as Pakistan. The entries cover a wide range of problems at the point of sale, and beyond just the contest, we hope these photos will be used to continue POS advocacy work.
Grand Prize Winner
- Greatest Youth Appeal
- Electronic Smoking Products and Vape Shops
- Flavored Tobacco Products
- Cheap Tobacco Products
- Most Ironic
Greatest Youth Appeal – Winner
Greatest Youth Appeal – Honorable Mention
Electronic Smoking Products and Vape Shops
Flavored Tobacco Products – Winner
Cheap Tobacco Products – Winner
Most Ironic – Winner
Most Ironic – Honorable Mention
WHY DOES COUNTER TOBACCO HOST AN ANNUAL PHOTO CONTEST?
The Surgeon General has concluded that “advertising and promotional activities by tobacco companies have been shown to cause the onset and continuation of smoking among adolescents and young adults.”  The tobacco industry spends the majority of their marketing budget at the point of sale promoting its deadly products.  CounterTobacco.org is dedicated to providing tools and resources to counteract retail tobacco product sales and marketing. The photo contest and image gallery expose the tobacco industry’s marketing tactics in hopes of educating communities, and especially youth, about the dangers of tobacco retail marketing. Education and exposure of the industries’ tactics are critical to building awareness and serve as a first step in the policy change process. These photos offer tobacco control advocates a powerful tool to show what is happening at the point of sale.
With the tobacco industry wielding its influence and dollars at the point of sale, policy changes at the federal, state, and local levels are critical. Learn more about counteracting retail tobacco products sale and marketing.