New Point-of-Sale Report to the Nation from CPHSS highlights increase in policy activity 2012-2014

Advertising Restictions, Cigarettes, E-Cigarettes, Health Warnings, Large Cigars, Licensing, Little cigars/Cigarillos, Non-Tax Price Increases, Policy Advocacy, Product Placement, Smokeless Tobacco and SNUS, Store Assessments, Youth

Wondering what’s happening in the retail environment and what POS policy activities are being pursued across the US? There is now an update to the 2014 POS Report to the Nation! The Center for Public health Systems Science (CPHSS) at Washington University in St. Louis, in collaboration with researchers from the Stanford Prevention Research Center and … Read More

Federal Trade Commission Report on Tobacco Industry Marketing Expenditures Released

Advertising Restictions, Cigarettes, Price Promotions, Smokeless Tobacco and SNUS

In 2012, the tobacco industry spent over $8.7 billion marketing and promoting cigarettes and smokeless tobacco at the point of sale. These point of sale expenditures account for over 91% of their total marketing expenditures. These figures, recently released in the Federal Trade Commission reports on Cigarette and Smokeless Tobacco Sales and Marketing Expenditures in 2012, … Read More

E-Issue of Tobacco Control all about POS and the Retail Environment

Advertising Restictions, Displays/Display Ban, Health Warnings, Product Packaging

This month’s e-issue of Tobacco Control, “The Pack and the Retail Environment” is all about tobacco control at the point of sale. Check out the table of contents and read it for FREE. It contains research on a number of policy and regulatory solutions, including graphic warning labels and packaging restrictions, the impacts of tobacco retail outlet density, and … Read More

POS focus in many of the 2015 Tobacco Control Global “Hot Spots”

Advertising Restictions, Flavors (including Menthol), Health Warnings, International, Media Campaign, Product Packaging

A recent report from the Framework Convention Alliance (FCA) highlighted places around the world that they’ll be paying close attention to this year. Many of these “hot spots” are places with on-going point of sale policy disputes or newly proposed point of sale policies. Though the policy environment and viable policy options vary from country … Read More

Don’t Be a Target

Advertising Restictions, Media Campaign, Youth

Smoking rates in the US are declining, but Big Tobacco is doing everything in its power to entice “replacement smokers” and to continue raking in profits by selling the ONLY consumer product that kills when used exactly as intended. #DontBeATarget

2014 POS Report to the Nation Released!

Advertising Restictions, Flavors (including Menthol), Health Warnings, Licensing, Minimum pack size, Non-Tax Price Increases, Pharmacies, Policy Advocacy, Preemption, Price Promotions, Product Availability, Product Placement, Retailer Density, Store Assessments, Youth

The Point-of-Sale Report to the Nation was released late last week by researchers from the Center for Public Health Systems Science at Washington University in St. Louis, Stanford Prevention Research Center and the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health. According to the 2011 Federal Trade Commission Report, the tobacco industry spends … Read More

Point of Sale Strategies Tobacco Control Guide

Advertising Restictions, Flavors (including Menthol), Media Campaign, Non-Tax Price Increases, Policy Advocacy, Product Placement, Retailer Density, Stores Near Schools

The Center for Public Health Systems Science at Washington University in St. Louis, in partnership with the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium, just released a much-needed POS resource, a tobacco control guide specifically focused on point-of-sale strategies. The document offers guidance for choosing appropriate strategies to limit the sale, display, and advertising of tobacco products in … Read More

New Tobacco Control Guides

Advertising Restictions, Media Campaign, Non-Tax Price Increases, Policy Advocacy, Price Promotions, Retailer Density

Earlier this month, the Center for Public Health Systems (CPHSS), in conjunction with the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium (TCLC), released two new tobacco control guides: “Pricing Policy” and”Policy Strategies.” Each 32-page manual provides tobacco control advocates with practical guidance on choosing effective tobacco control policies for their communities. The Policy Strategies Guide provides step-by-step instructions … Read More

Economic Arguments Against POS Policies

Advertising Restictions, Youth

The Surgeon General has concluded that tobacco industry advertisements and promotions cause the onset and continuation of smoking among adolescents and young adults. Based on these findings, local policies and approaches to reduce point-of-purchase advertising and promotions have increased [1]. However, the tobacco industry and its partners work diligently to prevent the passage of these … Read More