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Counter Tobacco Announces 2014 Photo Contest Winners!

Congratulations to our winners in Counter Tobacco's third annual photo contest, and a big thank you to all participants! View winning entries and all other images in our image gallery. Check out for more hard-hitting images of tobacco industry tactics at the point of sale. 

Our Grand Prize Winners!

Two great examples here - one showing a common youth-friendly character placed near a tobacco display, which is at eye-level and within reach of youth. It even looks like a candy display!  Isn't the other ironic?  This sign at a Circle K invites CVS customers to buy tobacco products at their store. We applaud CVS for the decision to stop selling tobacco products and wish more stores would do the same. Tsk, tsk, Circle K! 

Counter Tobacco Announces 2014 Photo Contest Winners! 

We asked our audience to submit photos of tobacco industry marketing at the point of sale, and were impressed by the breadth and creativity of the photos submitted. Beyond just the contest, we hope these photos will be used to continue POS advocacy work.

Out of a record 92 image submissions, winners have been chosen in 8 categories of tobacco industry activities at the point of sale.
  1. Greatest Youth Appeal
  2. E-Cigarettes
  3. Stores near Schools
  4. Best Map or Infographic
  5. Funniest/Most Ironic
  6. Novel Products
  7. Flavored Little Cigar/Cigarillo
  8. Bonus Category! Best International
The above image includes our two Grand Prize Winners! The left image is also our Youth Appeal Winner, submitted by Brittany L. of Conway, AR. The right image is also a Funniest/Most Ironic, submitted by Naphtali O. of. San Francisco, CA. 

You can find winners and honorable mentions for all categories as well as all 92 photo contest submissions along with other captivating images of POS tobacco industry tactics in our
image gallery.

What's all this for? Counter Tobacco's photo contest showcases tobacco industry promotional strategies at point of sale, including appeal to youth

The Surgeon General has concluded that "advertising and promotional activities by tobacco companies have been shown to cause the onset and continuation of smoking among adolescents and young adults." [1] The tobacco industry spends the majority of their marketing budget at the point of sale promoting its deadly products. [2] In particular, putting tobacco products next to advertisements for soft drinks, candy, and snacks are all tactics that can make tobacco more appealing to youth. is dedicated to providing tools and resources to counteract retail tobacco product sales and marketing. The photo contest and image gallery expose the tactics used by the tobacco industry, helping to educate communities, and especially youth, about the dangers of this marketing. Education and exposing the industries' tactics is critical to building awareness and a first step in the policy change process. These photos offer tobacco control advocates a powerful tool to show what is happening at the point of sale.    
See a complete list of winners and images here, and even more photos in our updated image gallery, where you can rate your favorites!

With the tobacco industry wielding its influence and dollars at the point of sale, policy changes at the federal, state, and local levels are critical. Learn more about counteracting retail tobacco products sale and marketing at

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