This is a sponsored post by Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. As always, opinions are 100% my own.
My household is tobacco-free. My husband and I don’t smoke and we do not allow anyone to smoke in our home. Earlier in the year, my kids took part in a campaign where they were able to take a stand and show their support for Tobacco Free Kids. We were able to learn about CVS and how they became a retailer that does not sell cigarettes.
I am very happy to be a part of another campaign where I can show my support for tobacco-free retailers while helping to bring awareness to the cause.
“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% 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.”
There are many reasons why parents should shop tobacco-free and encourage retailers not to sell tobacco. Here are just a few:
- 90% of adult smokers began at or above age 18.
- Every day, more than 2,800 U.S. kids try their first cigarette.
- 5.6 million children alive today will die prematurely from smoking unless current trends
- Tobacco use kills 480,000 Americans every year, more than 1,300 people every day.
Take a step towards creating a tobacco-free generation by finding tobacco-free retailers locally. Visit the ShopTobaccoFree.org and type in your zip code. I searched my zip code and a list of stores popped up.
The retailers in my area that are tobacco-free are:
All the tobacco-free retailers in Wisconsin were listed. Whole Foods, The Fresh Market and The Medicine Shoppe bring the total up to six. Wow, even though the number is low, I am glad to know that we shop at these stores regularly. I have no problem spending my hard earned dollars and supporting their decision to be tobacco-free.
Show your support for #ShopTobaccoFree using social media. Feel free to retweet my message below.
— 1stopmom (@1stopmom) November 24, 2014
Share any of the following messages on Facebook and or Twitter to help spread the word:
- Join the movement & #ShopTobaccoFree with me! Encourage your retailers to take tobacco off their shelves! shoptobaccofree.org
- I #ShopTobaccoFree to encourage retailers to help us achieve a tobacco-free generation! Learn how you can help: shoptobaccofree.org
- I am proud to #ShopTobaccoFree at my local tobacco-free retailers! Find out where you can shop tobacco-free at shoptobaccofree.org
The Shop Tobacco Free website has a Hall of Fame and Shame page where you can send thank you messages to tobacco-free retailers. You can also find out which stores sell tobacco.