Is there anything tobacco companies wouldn't do to get cigarettes in front of our kids?
Tobacco companies are spending billions to put their products in front of our kids in stores.
And the more kids see tobacco, the more likely they are to start smoking.
According to the Surgeon General, tobacco marketing is a principle cause of underage smoking.
Effective Policy Solutions
Policy, system and environment change are tools to change the places where people live to make the healthy choice the easy choice. To reduce harmful exposure to tobacco marketing and access to these dangerous and addictive products, communities may regulate where and how tobacco is sold.
All of the strategies listed below can be implemented through a comprehensive retail license.
Limit the NUMBER of outlets at which tobacco products may be sold.
Reducing the amount of places reduces the prevalence of and residents' exposure to tobacco marketing, thereby de-normalizing - and really, making more realistic - the presence and use of tobacco products. Tobacco use decreases, particularly among youth, when customers need to make a greater effort to find and obtain tobacco products. Communities can set a maximum number of (capping) outlets within a jurisdiction.
Where it's been done: Village of Dolgeville, New York City, City of Newburgh
Limit the LOCATIONS where tobacco sales are permitted.
Reducing the prevalence of tobacco sales near youth-centered places, such as schools, reduces youth exposure to pro-tobacco marketing and may have a significant impact on youth smoking initiation. Limiting tobacco sales near schools not only reduces environmental cues to use tobacco, but also limits opportunity for underage purchases, including students enlisting adults to purchase for them.
Where it's been done: City of Binghamton, Cayuga County, Village of Dolgeville, City of Newburgh, Niskayuna, Sullivan County, Tannersville, Ulster County
Limit the TYPE of outlets at which tobacco products may be sold.
Certain types of businesses should not be permitted to sell tobacco products. Specifically, ending tobacco sales by pharmacies will not only reduce outlet density, but will also eliminate the incongruent message these sales convey. Pharmacies are increasing their role as direct healthcare providers. Selling a product that is inherently dangerous and deadly conflicts with this role and harms public health.
Where it's been done: Albany County, Erie County, New York City, Rockland County, Suffolk County
Prohibit the sale of FLAVORED tobacco products.
Tobacco companies use flavors to increase the appeal of tobacco products, especially to youth. Flavors make tobacco products easier to use, because they mask the harshness of tobacco and chemical additives. Consumers tend to use flavored products with greater frequency, inhale more deeply, and are less likely to successfully quit using them.
Where it's been done: New York City (exempts menthol)