Tobacco Use Prevention Program
Major cigarette companies spend about $9.5 billion a year to market their products in local stores. Their ads clutter our stores and turn them into tools of the tobacco industry. In turn, the companies get rich and people get hooked.
Today, people are coming together to take stores back from the tobacco industry. On this site, you'll learn what major cigarette companies are doing in our stores and what we can do about it.
So the tobacco industry is spending about $1 million an hour to turn our stores into their marketing tools – what can we do about it? Well, it turns out there are lots of things we can do. You can learn about some of them in the Taking Action section of this site. The first step is introduced here – it's the Store Alert survey. The Store Alert survey will allow us to collect data about what's going on in our stores. This information will be shared with policymakers, civic leaders, and the media – and force stores to be accountable to the communities that support them!
Source: Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
The Big Picture
The tobacco industry spends billions of dollars to hook new smokers and keep others from quitting. It has to, because it's losing 1,200 customers per day—they're dying. Each year, tobacco use causes over 400,000 deaths in the United States alone. That's more than AIDS, alcohol, murder, suicide, car crashes and illegal drugs combined!
According to the Federal Trade Commission, tobacco companies in the U.S. spend as much as 75% of their marketing money in tobacco retail stores – the convenience stores, gas stations and pharmacies in your neighborhood. What is the tobacco industry doing in your corner store and how did it get there? Find out on our Tobacco Retail Store Fact Sheet and our Tobacco Timeline.
Other important parts of the Big Picture include Tobacco Terminology and Novel Tobacco Products (NTPs).
Finally, we provide links to other sites so that you may learn more about the tobacco industry, its impact on public health and what you can do to make a difference.
Gallatin County Tobacco Use Prevention Program
404 West Main
Bozeman, Montana 59715