STEMMING THE STUB-OUT

Even as cigarette makers face more lawsuits and government legislation, they say they still believe supermarkets can boost their rapidly declining sales of tobacco products.Poor category management was a contributor to a decline in cigarette sales in supermarkets long before cigarette price hikes went into effect within the last two years, said Kati Otto, spokeswoman for Philip Morris USA. "They first

Even as cigarette makers face more lawsuits and government legislation, they say they still believe supermarkets can boost their rapidly declining sales of tobacco products.

Poor category management was a contributor to a decline in cigarette sales in supermarkets long before cigarette price hikes went into effect within the last two years, said Kati Otto, spokeswoman for Philip Morris USA. "They first have to have unified category management, rather than cluttered and fragmented. It

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