This is a sponsored post by Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. As always, opinions are 100% my own.
This is my last post as a part of the #ShopTobaccoFree Campaign. This does not mean I will be changing my shopping habits when it comes to supporting retailers that do not sell tobacco.
The Tobacco-Free Retailer campaign challenges America’s retailers to help save lives and create a tobacco free generation by ending the sale of tobacco products. Since the launch of the Shop Tobacco Free Retailer Network, 754 new stores have signed up to be a part of it. It is wonderful to see this change happening.
Back in November I wrote a post about Tobacco Free Retailers in Wisconsin. Since that post another store in Wisconsin has joined the movement, Trader Joes. I will gladly add them to my list of stores to support and shop at.
I plan on continuing to ask stores to stop selling tobacco. Here are 10 reasons why it is so important to strive for a community that does support tobacco:
- Tobacco use kills 480,000 Americans every year – more than 1,300 people every day.
- Tobacco use costs our country at least $289 billion a year in health care bills and lost productivity.
- Smoking kills more people than alcohol, AIDS, car accidents, illegal drugs, murders and suicides combined.
- Smoking harms nearly every organ in the human body and causes about one-third of all deaths from cancer and heart disease, as well as 80 percent of deaths from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (such as emphysema).
- 90 percent of adult smokers began at or before age 18.
- 5.6 million children alive today will die prematurely from smoking unless current trends are reversed.
- Every day, more than 2,800 U.S. kids try their first cigarette – that’s more than one million kids who take their first puff each year.
- An estimated 375,000 retail stores sell tobacco products in the U.S. The widespread availability of tobacco products sends a terrible message to kids that tobacco use is normal, acceptable and appealing.
- Tobacco companies spend over 90 percent of their annual $8.8 billion marketing budget at the point-of-sale in stores, and this marketing has been shown to increase youth tobacco use. By ending tobacco sales, retailers can help reduce kids’ exposure to harmful tobacco marketing.
- Exposure to tobacco products and marketing in stores has been shown to encourage youth use of tobacco products and undermine smokers’ attempts to quit by prompting impulse purchases.
Please remember you can always show your support for #ShopTobaccoFree using social media. Help spread awareness by retweeting my message below.
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— 1stopmom (@1stopmom) March 30, 2015
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Visit the Shop Tobacco Free website to find Tobacco Free retailers in your area.