On World No Tobacco Day – May 31st – community leaders and health advocates join with the Erie-Niagara Tobacco-Free Coalition to declare: “We’ve Seen Enough.”
World No Tobacco Day is sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO). This year’s theme is “ban tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship.” Tobacco marketing in stores is a primary cause of youth smoking. Tobacco displays in stores give youth the impression that tobacco products are easily accessible and tobacco use is acceptable.
The research is clear. The more tobacco advertising kids see, the more likely they are to smoke. Communities are eager to protect kids from dangerous influences, yet the tobacco industry continues to wallpaper our local stores with flashy advertising and large tobacco displays.