Cigarette companies spend almost ALL their marketing budget on discounting cigarettes.
"Federal Trade Commission Cigarette Report of 2014." Federal Trade Commission, 2016.https://www.ftc.gov/system/files/documents/reports/federal-trade-commission-cigarette-report-2014-federal-trade-commission-smokeless-tobacco-report/ftc_cigarette_report_2014.pdf
In the US, 21% of middle school and 16% of high school students who smoke, smoke Newport, a predominantly menthol brand.
Source: Perks SN, Armour B, Agaku IT. Cigarette Brand Preference and Pro-Tobacco Advertising Among Middle and High School Students — United States, 2012–2016. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2 Feb 2018;67:119–124.
In 2014, Big Tobacco spent $7.12 billion discounting products at the "point of sale" — a.k.a. where people buy things (like the counter at a drugstore).
Source: 1. U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Cigarette Report for 2014, 2016, https://www.ftc.gov/system/files/documents /reports/federal-tradecommission- cigarette-report-2014-federal-trade-commission-smokeless-tobacco-report/ftc_cigarette_report_2014.pdf; 2. FTC, Smokeless Tobacco Report for 2014, 2016, https://www.ftc.gov/system/files/documents /reports/federal-trade-commission-cigarette-report-2014-federal-trade-commission-smokeless-tobacco-report/ftc_smokeless_tobacco_report_2014.pdf
In the US, smoking-attributable productivity losses for men are approximately $105.6 billion per year.
Source: "The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress. A Report of the Surgeon General." U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health. Smoking-Attributable Morbidity, Mortality, and Economic Costs. 2014. Report.
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
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);
In 2006, U.S. consumers spent an estimated $90.7 million on tobacco products.
Source: Capehart, Tom. "Briefing Rooms: Tobacco." United States Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service. 16 May 2007. Web.
Around 375,000 stores in the U.S. sell tobacco products.
Source: Center for Public Health Systems Science. Point-of-Sale Report to the Nation: The Tobacco Retail and Policy Landscape, 2014.
Revenues from smokeless tobacco sales totaled $4.20 billion in 2017.
Source: Federal Trade Commission. Smokeless Tobacco Report for 2017. Retrieved from https://www.ftc.gov/reports/federal-trade-commission-cigarette-report-2017-federal-trade-commission-smokeless-tobacco. Published February, 2019.
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
Young adults report seeing heavier advertising for tobacco at the point-of-sale than on any other advertsiting platform
Source: Center for Public Health Systems Science. Point-of-Sale Report to the Nation: The Tobacco Retail and Policy Landscape, 2014. https://cphss.wustl.edu/Products/ ProductsDocuments/ASPiRE_2016_ReportToTheNation.pdf
Advertising products at the point-of-sale at convenience stores increases "impulse buys" and makes tobacco seem like a part of everyday life. Which is probably why Big Tobacco spends 95% of its $9.1 billion yearly budget here.
Source: Center for Public Health Systems Science. Point-of-Sale Report to the Nation: The Tobacco Retail and Policy Landscape. St. Louis, MO: Center for Public Health Systems Science at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis and the National Cancer Institute, State and Community Tobacco Control Research Initative, 2014. http://publichealthlawcenter.org/sites/default /files/resources/WaU-guide-POS-policy-report-2015.pdf
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.