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Tobacco company strategies for maintaining cigarette advertisements and displays in retail chain stores: In-depth interviews with Korean convenience store owners
Ji-eun Hwang 1,  
Yu-mi Oh 2,  
Yu-seon Yang 2,  
Joung-eun Lee 2,  
Sung-il Cho 1, 4  
 
 
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Department of Public Health Science, Graduate School of Public Health, Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea
2
Korea Health Promotion Institute, Seoul, South Korea
3
Gyeonggi Infectious Disease Control Center, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
4
Institute of Health and Environment, Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea
Publish date: 2018-10-03
 
Tob. Induc. Dis. 2018;16(October):46
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ABSTRACT:
Introduction:
This study gathered data from store owners regarding the advertising and display of, and the contractual arrangements and promotional activities related to, the sale of tobacco products in convenience stores.

Methods:
In-depth interviews were conducted with three owners of convenience stores in South Korea: to examine the procedures for managing the sale of tobacco products; for allocating the advertising allowance for such products; and for coordinating the promotional activities of tobacco companies.

Results:
All tobacco advertisements and displays in convenience stores are installed and managed in accordance with the contract between the tobacco companies and the convenience store headquarters. The headquarters receives an allowance from the tobacco company in return for maintaining and displaying their product and promotional materials. The headquarters then pays a monthly advertising allowance to each franchisee as an operating subsidy. However, the owners also stated that tobacco companies provide financial incentives directly to them to engage in illegal promotional activities.

Conclusions:
Because tobacco advertisements and displays at convenience stores are related to the profitability of these products, the participants in these relationships have become increasingly entangled. Illegal promotional activities must be monitored to limit tobacco sales and advertising. Furthermore, efforts to ban the advertising and display of tobacco products at the point of sale must be based on the development of policies emerging from an understanding of the roles of the major stakeholders.

CORRESPONDING AUTHOR:
Sung-il Cho   
Department of Public Health Science, Graduate School of Public Health, and Institute of Health and Environment, Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea
 
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