How companies control where you see tobacco products and what policy can do about it

Packs of Pall Mall cigarettes manufactured by British American Tobacco Plc, sit in a display rack inside a news agents in London, U.K., on Friday, July 11, 2014. Reynolds American Inc., the producer of Camel cigarettes, said it's in talks to acquire Lorillard Inc. in a transaction that would create a closer competitor to U.S. tobacco market leader Altria Inc. Photographer: Simon Dawson/BloombergTobacco companies spent over $8.47 billion on marketing in retail establishments, also called point-of-sale marketing, in 2015 (the most recent figures available). This article is part of a series highlighting ways that states and localities are countering the deep pockets of the tobacco industry with policies regulating where and how tobacco products are sold.

There’s a reason why 93 percent of tobacco displays and 85 percent of tobacco shelving units are in the counter zone of retail establishments — in most stores, the cashier counter is the best place to encourage impulse purchases

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