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

News and Research Round Up

Cigarettes, Displays/Display Ban, E-Cigarettes, FDA, Flavors (including Menthol), Health Warnings, Large Cigars, Media Campaign, Price Promotions, Product Packaging, Smokeless Tobacco and SNUS, Tobacco21, Youth

Welcome to CounterTobacco.org’s third installment of our new “News and Research Roundup!” Each month we’ll be posting 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 … Read More

FDA Releases Long Awaited Deeming Regulations

E-Cigarettes, FDA, Health Warnings, Large Cigars, Little cigars/Cigarillos, Smokeless Tobacco and SNUS

Today the FDA announced a proposal to extend its authority to additional tobacco products. The FDA’s proposal would extend its’ list of regulated products (cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, roll-your-own tobacco, and smokeless tobacco) to include other currently unregulated products including: E-Cigarettes Pipe Tobacco Nicotine Gels Waterpipe Tobacco Dissolvables Cigars This proposal is a landmark event for the … Read More

Cities Pursuing Progressive POS Policies Hear From NATO

E-Cigarettes, Flavors (including Menthol), Policy Advocacy, Smokeless Tobacco and SNUS, Tobacco21, Youth

In our “2013 POS Trends to Watch” article, Counter Tobacco highlighted that tobacco control advocates should watch for the trend of local governments regulating the sale of flavored tobacco products. Over the last few months, local news outlets have reported on cities exploring progressive point-of-sale (POS) tobacco control policies centered around e-cigarettes and flavored tobacco … Read More

War in the Store Rages On: Tobacco Industry Spending at the Point-of-Sale Increases

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

The Point-of-Sale remains the largest area of marketing, advertising and promotion spending by the tobacco industry The Federal Trade Commission Cigarette Report for 2011, released earlier this week, shows that in 2011 the six largest cigarette companies spent 88.8% of their total sales, advertising, and promotional expenditures at the point-of-sale. This spending amounts to over $7.4 … Read More

Flavored Tobacco Highlights

E-Cigarettes, Flavors (including Menthol), Health Warnings, International, Little cigars/Cigarillos, Smokeless Tobacco and SNUS

As highlighted by our “5 POS Trends to Watch“ feature, non-cigarette tobacco products (also known as other tobacco products or OTP), is a growing category and one to closely watch.  Recently, developments in flavored tobacco regulation have been peppering the news across the globe. Below is a quick wrap up on recent flavored-tobacco news: Courts … Read More

5 POS Trends to Watch in 2013

E-Cigarettes, Flavors (including Menthol), International, Large Cigars, Little cigars/Cigarillos, Policy Advocacy, Preemption, Price Promotions, Smokeless Tobacco and SNUS, Store Assessments, Youth

1. POS Work Takes Center Stage Point of sale is emerging as a core tobacco control activity. For US states and localities that already have a strong clean indoor air law, high tobacco taxes, and secure program funding, point of sale work is the next frontier to reduce tobacco use initiation and make it easier … 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