Availability and Marketing around Primary and Secondary Schools in Five Countries
The tobacco epidemic kills more than six million people worldwide each year and is projected to kill one billion people this century. In Latin America, total cigarette sales are declining, but the sales of flavored cigarettes are climbing. This report describes a study that examined cigarette retailers within a radius of 100-250 meters around schools in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, and Peru.
The results of this study show that cigarette packs carrying flavor descriptors were frequently displayed and advertised at the point-of-sale near schools. Most of the flavored cigarettes observed are sold by large, multinational companies such as British