February 2017 News and Research Roundup

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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 for your community. New research can help provide support for your work and evidence for the importance of the “War in the Store.” Have a story you don’t want us to miss? E-mail it to us!

New Research

Youth Use

Adult Use and Disparities

  • Tobacco-Product Use by Adults and Youths in the United States in 2013 and 2014, New England Journal of Medicine
    • Results from the nationally representative, longitudinal Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) Study, 27.5% of adults and 8.9% of youth were current tobacco users in 2013 and 2014. Of both adult and youth tobacco users, 40% used multiple tobacco products, and cigarettes and e-cigarettes were the most common combination. Tobacco use was higher among young adults, males, and members of racial and sexual minorities.
    • News Story: 1 in 4 U.S. Adults, 1 in 10 Teens Use Tobacco, Everyday Health
  • Transgender Use of Cigarettes, Cigars, and E-Cigarettes in a National StudyAmerican Journal of Preventive Medicine
    • In a national cross-sectional online survey, researchers found that 39.7% of transgender adults reported higher current (past 30 day) use of any cigarette/cigar/e-cigarette product compared to 25.1% of cisgender adults. Specifically, 35.5% reported use of cigarettes, compared to 20.7% of cisgender adults, 26.8% reported use of cigars compared to 9.3% of cisgender adults, and 21.3% reported use of e-cigarettes, compared to 5% of cisgender adults. This was the first national US study to assess differences in tobacco use across gender identities separately from sexual orientation.

      Price Promotions – also right at kids eye level
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Price Promotions

Labeling

  • How hearing about harmful chemicals affects smokers’ interest in dual use of cigarettes and e-cigarettes, Preventive Medicine
    • Adult cigarette smokers were more likely to believe that cigarettes are more harmful than e-cigarettes and express interest in dual use of the two products when told that cigarettes have more chemicals than e-cigarettes compared to smokers who were told cigarettes and e-cigarettes contained the same amount of chemicals. The authors suggest that disclosing the amount of chemicals in cigarettes and e-cigarettes could have the unintentional consequence of increasing dual use.

New Reports

Industry News

POS Policy in the Media

Youth Engagement

Licensing and Tobacco Free Pharmacies

Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids’ campaign asking Walgreens to end tobacco sales

Tobacco 21

Disparities in POS Advertising and Retailer Density

Other

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