"Please get tobacco out of our kids faces," Dr. Harley Stanton (elected as President of the Asia-Pacific Assoc. for the Control of Tobacco)..

June 6, 2008 - More Canadian provinces ban tobacco displays in c-stores to protect their children while in the U.S.A. tobacco companies take charge of c-store space with total disregard for the impact on children.. Click on image to enlarge.. As can be seen this very large sign was placed at the entrance to this c-store; note the tag "Pleasure Loves Company." It is well known that the display of cigarette packages functions much like cigarette advertising in the minds of children, increasing their perception that cigarettes are easy to obtain and facilitating their recall of brand names (Wakefield M et al., Health Education Research 2006;21(3):338-347). We have been warned that test marketing of Marlboro and Camel branded smokeless products will have an instant appeal to youth. In the U.S tobacco control people anxiously await the passage of legislation that will allow the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulation of the tobacco industry. But we now find this legislation moving through the U.S. congress represents the results of negotiations between the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and Philip Morris (PM). Mike Szymanczyk now the CEO of Altria, Inc. (the parent of PM USA) tells stockholders PM has been directly involved in the process of writing the bill. Let's get rid of all tobacco advertising and put all tobacco products under the counter.
80% of smokers want a ban on tobacco advertising in shops to stop youngsters starting the habit..