Thank You For Smoking

Longo, Don
May 2006
Convenience Store News;5/8/2006, Vol. 42 Issue 6, p82
Trade Publication
The reports that the continuing decline in cigarette unit sales highlights the importance of continued innovation in the U.S. convenience store industry. The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) made a big deal about how cigarette sales last year fell to its lowest level in 55 years. Referring to the federal tobacco tax figures, NAAG credits the decline to enforcement of marketing restrictions imposed on the tobacco industry. Since the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement between states and the tobacco industry that settled state lawsuits over the costs of treating smoking-related illnesses, cigarette sales have plunged more than 25%.


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