Tobacco use is the number one cause of preventable death in the United States, taking an enormous toll in lives, health and medical costs. The vast majority of smokers start as kids.
Responsible retailers should not be in the business of selling tobacco products that addict so many children and cause so much death and disease. Retailers can help save lives and create a tobacco-free generation by choosing not to sell tobacco products.
Here are 10 reasons why retailers should be tobacco-free – and why consumers should shop tobacco-free:
Tobacco use kills 480,000 Americans every year – more than 1,300 people every day.
Tobacco use costs our country at least $289 billion a year in health care bills and lost productivity.
Smoking kills more people than alcohol, AIDS, car accidents, illegal drugs, murders and suicides combined.
Smoking harms nearly every organ in the human body and causes about one-third of all deaths from cancer and heart disease, as well as 80 percent of deaths from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (such as emphysema).
90 percent of adult smokers began at or before age 18
5.6 million children alive today will die prematurely from smoking unless current trends are
Every day, more than 2,800 U.S. kids try their first cigarette – that’s more than one million kids who take their first puff each year.
An estimated 375,000 retail stores sell tobacco products in the U.S. The widespread availability of tobacco products sends a terrible message to kids that tobacco use is normal,acceptable and appealing.
Tobacco companies spend over 80 percent of their annual $8.8 billion marketing budget at the point-of-sale in stores, and this marketing has been shown to increase youth tobacco use. By ending tobacco sales, retailers can help reduce kids’ exposure to harmful tobacco marketing.
Exposure to tobacco products and marketing in stores has been shown to encourage youth use of tobacco products and undermine smokers’ attempts to quit by prompting impulse purchases.