New Paper and Video on Conducting Store Observations of Tobacco Marketing and Products

Store Assessments

Store observations, also called store assessments or store audits, are a way to collect data about what is happening at stores in your community. You can then use this information to educate the public, policymakers, and youth about the tobacco industry’s deceptive marketing tactics. Knowing what’s happening is critical to awareness and advocacy efforts, as … Read More

Last Chance to participate in vSTARS pilot!

E-Cigarettes, Store Assessments, Vape Shops

Want to find out what’s happening at vape shops in your community? As you may remember, Counter Tobacco is proud to promote the newest store assessment tool for vape shops: vSTARS! Several states, along with local communities, have volunteered to participate in trying out the new tool for vape shop store assessments. We are excited to offer … Read More

Interested in electronic smoking devices at the POS?

E-Cigarettes, Store Assessments

We want to hear from you! CounterTobacco is hosting another round of Store Audit “Listening Sessions”! This time we will focus on developing an instrument for electronic smoking devices and vape shops. Tentatively, we are calling these instruments eSTARS and vSTARS. The purpose of these sessions is for us to hear about your experiences with store audit … Read More

News and Research Round Up

Cigarettes, Disparities, E-Cigarettes, Flavors (including Menthol), Health Warnings, Licensing, Pharmacies, Product Packaging, Smokeless Tobacco and SNUS, Store Assessments, Tobacco21, Vape Shops, Youth

Welcome to’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

New CPHSS Report Released: Assessing Retail Environments with STARS

Licensing, Policy Advocacy, Store Assessments

A new report from the Center for Public Health Systems Science (CPHSS), as part of the Advancing Science and Policy in the Retail Environment (ASPiRE) project funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) State & Community Tobacco Control (SCTC) Research Initiative, describes the experience of four states (Oregon, Indiana, Vermont, and Texas) piloting the use … Read More

Counter Tools Training Institute Oct. 21-22

Policy Advocacy, Store Assessments

Our partner Counter Tools is hosting their 3rd annual two-day “Getting Started at the Point of Sale” Training Institute for public health advocates who are new or getting started in tobacco and food-related point-of-sale initiatives. When: October 21-22, 2015 Who: Public health advocates from state and local health departments and voluntary organizations who want to get started … Read More

Vermont Health Department, Counterbalance Campaign Conduct Statewide Store Audits

Flavors (including Menthol), Media Campaign, Retailer Density, Store Assessments, Stores Near Schools, Youth

The Vermont Health Department recently conducted store audits of 767 tobacco retailers state-wide.  Working with Counter Tools, they used a modified version of the Standardized Tobacco Assessment for Retail Settings (STARS) and enlisted youth and community coalition groups to help complete the audits. They wanted to understand more about how the tobacco industry markets products in Vermont, … 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