According to this Health Day News article, if stores hide the cigarettes, kids are much less likely to try buying them. " U.S. teens are much less likely to buy cigarettes if they are hidden from view, new research suggests.
The study tracked the purchases of a group of adolescents as they "shopped" in several different virtual convenience stores that contained different cigarette sale scenarios. Some stores featured open displays of tobacco products for sale, while others strategically hid their cigarettes behind a cabinet. Similarly, cigarette advertising was either prominent, hidden or banned." more