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Shaping Policies | Improving Health
March 6, 2012 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 release by Tobacco-Free Kids, Counter Tobacco, and the American Heart Association. 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. 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. At the same time, convenience stores have become essential partners with - and front groups for - the tobacco industry in fighting higher tobacco taxes and other public policies that reduce tobacco use. The report calls on elected officials to adopt policies - especially higher tobacco taxes - that reduce tobacco use and counter the influence of point-of-sale marketing, especially higher tobacco taxes.
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