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A study showed that 11-14 year olds who visited convenience stores at least twice a week were more than twice as likely to begin smoking as those who rarely visited those stores.
Source: Lisa Henriksen, Nina Schleicher, Ellen Feighery, and Stephen Fortmann, A Longitudinal Study of Exposure to Retail Cigarette Advertising and Smoking Initiation, 126 PEDIATRICS 232, 232 (2010);
A tobacco company once gave $125,000 worth of food to a charity, according to an estimate by The Wall Street Journal. Then, they spent well over $22 million telling people about it. I guess when you sell a deadly, addictive product, you need all the good PR you can get.
Source: Branch, Shelly. "Philip Morris' Ad on Macaroni and Peace - Kosoco Tale Narrows Gap Between Philanthropy, Publicity." Truth Tobacco Industry Documents. 24 Jul. 2001. Article.
Over 99% of convenience stores in the U.S. sell cigarettes. And 70% of teens visit a convenience store at least once a week. Convenient, indeed.
Source: U.S. DEPT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES, OFFICE OF THE SURGEON GENERAL, PREVENTING TOBACCO USE AMONG YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULTS: A REPORT OF THE SURGEON GENERAL 12 (2012) http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/ sgr/2012/consumer_booklet/pdfs/consumer.pdf
Big Tobacco spends nearly $1 million every hour marketing their products at the "point of sale" -- a.k.a. where people buy things (like the counter at a drugstore).
Source: Federal Trade Commission. Federal Trade Commission Cigarette Report for 2012. Washington, DC: Federal Trade Commission, 2015. http://www.ftc.gov/system/files/documents /reports/federal-trade-commission-cigarette-report-2012/150327-2012cigaretterpt.pdf. Accessed November 16, 2015.
Over 99% of convenience stores in the U.S. sell cigarettes. 99.6% sell other tobacco products. And 92% have tobacco ads on display. That's a lot of 9's to say: convenience stores sure seem to be crazy about cigarettes.
Source: 1. Cigarettes Generate Big Revenue for Convenience Stores: Analysis of 2013 State of the Industry Report. The Center for Tobacco Policy & Organizing http://center4tobaccopolicy.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Cigarettes-Generate-Big-Revenue-September-2013.pdf 2. Feighery, E. C., Ribisl, K. M., Schleicher, N. C., & Clark, P. I. (2004). Retailer participation in cigarette company incentive programs is related to increased levels of cigarette advertising and cheaper cigarette prices in stores. Prev Med, 38(6), 876-884.
On their websites, tobacco companies encourage people to quit smoking. However, in 2006, a court found that tobacco companies manipulate nicotine levels to keep smokers addicted.
Source: "United States of America, Plaintiff, and Tobacco-Free Kids Action Fund, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, and National African American Tobacco Prevention Network, Ontervenors, v. Philip Morris USA, Inc. (f/k/a Philip Morris, Inc.), et al., Defendants." United States District Court for the District of Columbia. 17 Aug. 2006: 5.
In DC, Big Tobacco advertises up to 10x more in black neighborhoods than in other neighborhoods
Source: Lee, J. G., Henriksen, L., Rose, S. W., Moreland-Russell, S., & Ribisl, K. M. (2015). A systematic review of neighborhood disparities in point-of-sale tobacco marketing. American journal of public health, 105(9), e8-e18.
Low-Income neighborhoods are more likely to have tobacco retailers near schools than other neighborhoods
Source: DâAngelo, Heather, Alice Ammerman, Penny Gordon-Larsen, Laura Linnan, Leslie Lytle, and Kurt M. Ribisl. "Sociodemographic Disparities in Proximity of Schools to Tobacco Outlets and Fast-Food Restaurants." American Journal of Public Health 106.9 (2016): 1556-562.
Teens who see tobacco use in movies have more positive attitudes towards smoking.
Source: "The Role of the Media in Promoting and Reducing Tobacco Use. Tobacco Control Monograph No. 19." U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute. Bethesda, MD. June 2008.
Big Tobacco companies give price discounts, place ads inside and outside of convenience stores, and even offer incentives for retailers to encourage them to keep selling their products
Source: ChangeLabSolutions: Point of Sale Playbook: POLICY OPTIONS TO REGULATE THE SALE AND MARKETING OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS, 2016. http://www.changelabsolutions.org/sites/default/ files/Point_of_Sale_Playbook_FINAL_20160105.pdf
There is more smoking in TV shows rated TV-PG than in TV shows with a TV-14 rating. In other words, smoking is more prevalent on shows that aim to reach younger viewers. Hmm.
Source: Cullen, Jennifer, et al. "Depictions of Tobacco Use in 2007 Broadcast Television Programming Popular Among US Youth." Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. 165(2). 07 Feb. 2011: 147-151. Web.
In 2001, 12-14 year olds were more likely to report having seen smoking on TV and movies than were 18-24 year olds.
Source: "Preventing Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young Adults: A Report of the Surgeon General, 2012." U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, CDC, Public Health Service, Office of the Surgeon General. 2012. Report.