News from New Zealand: Point of Sale Display Ban Working

Advertising Restictions, Cigarettes, Displays/Display Ban, International, Product Placement

A recent evaluation of New Zealand’s point of sale tobacco display ban shows significant drops in youth smoking rates and smoking experimentation. Previous research has shown a strong relationship between visits to stores selling tobacco and smoking initiation.[1] As shown in this study, take the tobacco display (e.g. a powerwall) away, and that relationship weakens significantly. In July … Read More

New Point of Sale Report to the Nation shows increased policy activity since 2012

Advertising Restictions, Cigarettes, E-Cigarettes, Flavors (including Menthol), Health Warnings, Licensing, Little cigars/Cigarillos, Non-Tax Price Increases, Policy Advocacy, Price Promotions, Product Availability, Product Placement, Smokeless Tobacco and SNUS, Store Assessments, Youth

The latest Point of Sale Report of the Nation: Realizing the Power of States and Communities to Change the Tobacco Retail and Policy Landscape was released earlier this week. This report, the third in a series of Point of Sale Reports to the Nation since 2012, is the product of a collaboration between the Center for Public … Read More

News and Research Round Up

Cigarettes, Displays/Display Ban, E-Cigarettes, Flavors (including Menthol), Health Warnings, Healthy Retailers, Large Cigars, Little cigars/Cigarillos, Non-Tax Price Increases, Pharmacies, Product Availability, Product Placement, Store Assessments, Tobacco21, Youth

Welcome to CounterTobacco.org’s “News and Research Roundup!” Each month, we post a summary of the latest research, reports, and news stories on counteracting tobacco product sales and marketing at the point of sale (POS). Keeping up with what’s happening in the POS movement all across the country can help you choose policies and strategies that work best … Read More

CDC OSH Webinar: The Point of Sale Playbook: Addressing the Four ‘P’s of Tobacco Marketing in Stores

CDC OSH POS Webinars, Policy Advocacy, Price Promotions, Product Availability, Product Packaging, Product Placement, Webinars

This webinar in the CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health point of sale webinar series was held January 13th, 2016 at 2pm EST. This webinar discusses the importance of working in the retail environment and will review strategies to address tobacco marketing in retail outlets, focusing on the four ‘P’s of marketing: place, price, product, and … Read More

Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Hiding “power walls” reduces risk for cigarette smoking among youth

Cigarettes, Displays/Display Ban, Product Placement, Youth

We know that the tobacco industry uses point of sale advertising to effectively attract new, current, and recently quit smokers, and according to industry documents, this advertising strategy includes the display of the cigarette pack itself, particularly when a part of “power walls.” [1]  Power walls like the one below are prominent displays of shelving and advertising of … Read More

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

NJOY brags about E-Cigarette Placement among Candy

E-Cigarettes, Flavors (including Menthol), Product Placement, Youth

E-cigarette manufacturer NJOY has some explaining to do. This screenshot—taken from their wholesaler/ retailer page—shows a spinning NJOY e-cigarette counter top display strategically placed next to lollipops, gum and candy bars.  The headline: “Check out how well this spinner is placed!” Our question: Well-placed for what?  To appeal to youth? Looks like it.   Encouraging … Read More

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

Not-so-Thankful Tobacco Truths

Cigarettes, Product Packaging, Product Placement, Smokeless Tobacco and SNUS, Stores Near Schools, Youth

With Thanksgiving around the corner, here are some things Counter Tobacco is NOT so thankful for: Not-so-thankful tobacco truth #1: On Friday, April 2, 1993, later known as “Marlboro Friday” to the public health community, Philip Morris slashed prices on their leading cigarette brand, Marlboro, in light of their declining cigarette sales. Marlboro not only increased their market … Read More