March 5th, 2012

Tobacco Companies and Convenience Stores Partner to Market Tobacco, Fight Life-Saving Policies

By PR Newswire
MarketWatch, WSJ

Tobacco companies have enlisted convenience stores as their most important partners in marketing tobacco products and fighting policies that reduce tobacco use, thereby enticing kids to use tobacco and harming the nation’s health, according to a report released today by leading public health organizations.

As other forms of tobacco marketing have been restricted, tobacco companies now spend more than 90 percent of their marketing budget - nearly $10 billion a year - to saturate convenience stores, gas stations and other retail outlets, the report shows. Tobacco companies pay stores billions to ensure that cigarettes and other tobacco products are advertised heavily, displayed prominently and priced cheaply to appeal to both kids and current tobacco users.

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