More than half the American population has no memory of cigarette commercials on TV and radio, because they stopped in the early 1970s. And regulators have put additional pressures on tobacco companies to curtail their marketing, especially marketing that might appeal to younger people thinking about starting smoking.
The Oregon Health Authority's tobacco unit recently put out its Tobacco Retail Assessment Report. Bottom line: the tobacco industry still spends something like $100 Million in Oregon every year to get people to buy cigarettes and other products.
An OHA rep visits with some of the stories in the report.