Each year the tobacco industry spends billions on marketing and promotion trying to attract customers' attention and gain their loyalty. Retail advertising and promotions increase impulsive purchases and normalize the presences of tobacco products in everyday life. Exposure to tobacco products and price promotions in the retail environment encourage youth to start and discourage current smokers from quitting.
Tobacco industry marketing has also been shown to:
It is not a secret—reducing exposure to tobacco advertising and promotions at point-of-sale are effective for counteracting the industry's efforts to attract new, current or recently quit smokers. Across the United States, the increase in point-of-sale marketing has led to an increase in policy development at the state and local level. Some policy examples include:
See what is happening in the retail environment in Nebraska.