British American Tobacco products were found around primary and secondary schools in 90% of countries investigated.
Popular Japan Tobacco International brands, Winston and Camel, were observed around schools in eight countries investigated across Asia, Europe, and Latin America.
Imperial Tobacco brands were clearly visible from primary and secondary schools in Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Nigeria, and Ukraine.
In most countries reviewed for Big Tobacco: Tiny Targets, half of children ages 13-15 reported easy access to cigarettes from street vendors, retailers, mobile vendors, vending machines, or kiosks immediately surrounding their schools.
To ensure that their products are prominently displayed at retailers around schools, tobacco companies provided monetary incentives, marketing materials, and display cases to retailers.
Researchers discovered several tobacco vending machines in Switzerland in locations accessible to children. It is also not surprising that the vending machines observed around schools in Switzerland were covered in attractive advertising and pack displays.
Tobacco products or advertising at children’s eye level was found in all 23 countries investigated and tobacco products placed near sweets, snacks, or soda were found in all but one country investigated.
The tobacco industry acknowledges flavored tobacco products appeal primarily to younger consumers. Flavored tobacco products were sold or advertised around schools in 71% of countries investigated.
The availability of single cigarettes around schools makes it cheap and easy for school children to access tobacco. In a survey of school children (age 13-15) from 45 countries, youth around the world reported recently purchasing single cigarettes, as high as 85% in some countries like Bangladesh.
Tobacco companies fight policy efforts to prevent them from advertising and selling near schools. The industry has aggressively opposed legislation in Pakistan, Senegal, Chile, Russia, and Uganda that specifically included provisions to ban the sale and advertising of tobacco products near schools.