Tobacco use is the number one cause of preventable death. By ending tobacco sales, retailers can reduce the availability and appeal of cigarettes and other tobacco products. They can help prevent kids from ever starting to use tobacco and support smokers trying to quit, thereby improving health and saving lives.
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).
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.