The Capital District Tobacco-Free Coalition is one of 50 community partners statewide working to decrease the harmful effects of tobacco marketing on young people. Many countries throughout the world (including Canada, England, and Australia) have already made significant progress and their successes encourage us to pursue the following solutions:
Cover up tobacco products in retail stores
Tobacco companies aren’t going to stop marketing to young people because the future of their business depends on cultivating new (aka, young) smokers. But covering up tobacco in retail stores reduces the tobacco companies’ ability to market to kids and has been implemented successfully in Canada and several other countries across the globe.
Covering up tobacco is easy, inexpensive, and has been successfully implemented in many places across the globe including Iceland, Canada, Thailand, Ireland, Norway, England, Wales, Scotland, Australia and Finland.
And it works!
Research in countries that have had display bans for a measurable period of time, have lower smoking rates to show for it:
- In Iceland the prevalence of daily smoking among 15 year olds fell from 18.6% in 1999 prior to the cigarette display ban to 13.6%% in 2003, two years after the law came into effect.
- In Canada, banning point of sale displays in a growing number of provinces has coincided with a fall in smoking prevalence rates among 15 to 19 year olds – from 22% in 2002 to 13% in 2009.
Canadian Tobacco Use Monitoring Survey 2007. Health Canada.
- In Ireland, following the implementation of a ban in 2009, teenagers were less likely to believe that they could buy cigarettes (1) and the proportion of young people believing that more than a fifth of children their age smoked decreased from 62% to 46%. (2)
(1) Office of Tobacco Control, Annual Report 2010 (pdf), March 2010
(2) McNeill A et al. Evaluation of the removal of point of sale tobacco promotional displays in Ireland. Tobacco Control (2010). doi:10.1136/tc.2010.038141
Covering up tobacco displays is a good way to reduce tobacco marketing to kids. But it’s not the only way.
End the sale of tobacco in pharmacies
No doctor would ever prescribe tobacco. so why do pharmacies sell it?
Learn more about the movement to end the sale of tobacco in pharmacies
Do not allow tobacco retailers to be located near schools
There is currently one tobacco retailer for every 194 children in New York State with far too many of them located in close proximity to schools.
Reduce the number of tobacco retailers overall
The higher the number of tobacco retailers in a particular area, the higher the smoking rate of adults and teens. Reducing the number of tobacco retailers in communities that curently have a particularly high number would help reduce the impact of tobacco marketing and subsequently, the smoking rate.
Local Government Resolutions
THANK YOU. . .
to the ALBANY AND SCHENECTADY COUNTY LEGISLATURES for unanimous passage of Resolutions encouraging tobacco retailers to reduce or eliminate tobacco advertising in their stores.
Thank you, too, to the following municipalities for passing similar Resolutions.
- City of Cohoes Resolution
- Town of Glenville Resolution
- Town of Niskayuna Resolution
- Town of Sand Lake Resolution
- Town of Schaghticoke Resolution
Contact YOUR local legislators and encourage them to support a resolution to reduce or eliminate tobacco advertising in retail stores in your community. To help you find out who your county, town, village, or city legislators are, visit the New York State Local Government website.
Next: Here’s what YOU can do.