Congratulations to our winners in Counter Tobacco's 5th Annual Photo Contest, and a big THANK YOU to all participants! View all entries and find other hard-hitting images of tobacco industry tactics at the point of sale in our image gallery.
E-juice and Snus right next to candy canes, Kit Kats, and Reeses Pieces Grand Prize Winner
Captured by Nina Gregerson in Madison, Wisconsin
We asked our audience to submit photos showcasing tobacco industry marketing tactics and promotional strategies at the point of sale (POS), and we received over 40 great photos from 16 different states and even as far away as Pakistan. The entries cover a wide range of problems at the point of sale, and beyond just the contest, we hope these photos will be used to continue POS advocacy work.
Winnershave been chosen in the following categories of tobacco industry activities at the POS:
We <3 Your Heart? Tobacco Products Don't.
Winner for Most Ironic. Captured by Patrick Kwan in New York City
Why does Counter Tobacco host an annual Photo Contest?
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.”  The tobacco industry spends the majority of their marketing budget at the point of sale promoting its deadly products.  CounterTobacco.org is dedicated to providing tools and resources to counteract retail tobacco product sales and marketing. The photo contest andimage galleryexpose the tobacco industry’s marketing tactics in hopes of educating communities, and especially youth, about the dangers of tobacco retail marketing. Education and exposure of the industries’ tactics are critical to building awareness and serve as 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.
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 moreabout counteracting retail tobacco products sale and marketing.
Reminder: Join us for a webinar on September 13th at 3pm ET
Clearing the Clouds: Demystifying the Vape Shop
Vape shops, or retail stores that specialize in e-cigarettes and related products, seem to be popping up everywhere. Although the total number of vape shops in the United States is unknown due to a current lack of regulatory and licensing policies, estimates range anywhere from 3,500 to 35,000 and growing. In this webinar with the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium (TCLC) presenters will provide a summary of the most recent literature published on vape shops, discuss policy options for regulating them in light of the FDA’s new deeming rule, describe a new tool for conducting observational store assessments, and share a local case study from New Hampshire.