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!
Restricting Tobacco Advertising and Promotions
- Hiding the tobacco power wall reduces cigarette smoking risk in adolescents: using an experimental convenience store to assess tobacco regulatory options at retail point-of-sale, Tobacco Control
- This study, conducted in a replica convenience store, demonstrated that adolescents exposed to a more prominent and visible cigarette “powerwall” in a retail setting subsequently reported higher susceptibility to future cigarette smoking compared to adolescents exposed to a tobacco display hidden by an opaque wall. This adds to the evidence that point of sale tobacco displays contribute to youth smoking initiation.
- Learn more about display bans as a way to restrict tobacco placement in retail settings.
- Impact of Exposure to Electronic Cigarette Advertising on Susceptibility and Trial of Electronic Cigarettes and Cigarettes in US Young Adults: A Randomized Controlled Trial, Nicotine & Tobacco Research
- This study found that young adults who had never tried an e-cigarette before but who were exposed to e-cigarette advertisements had greater curiosity about and were twice as likely to have tried e-cigarettes six months later than young adults who were not exposed to e-cigarette advertisements.
- Learn more about e-cigarettes at the point of sale.
- Adolescents’ and adults’ perceptions of ‘natural’, ‘organic’ and ‘additive-free’ cigarettes, and the required disclaimers,Tobacco Control
- This focus group study found that while some participants were skeptical ‘natural’, ‘organic’ and ‘additive’ free claims on a American Spirit advertisement, many viewed the cigarettes as less harmful than other cigarettes. Participants also noted that they ignored, did not notice, or did not fully believe the disclaimer on the ad stating that the cigarettes are not safer. This indicates that a disclaimer may not be enough, and ban may be necessary to prevent a false perception of health among consumers instead.
- Is Every Smoker Interested in Price Promotion? An Evaluation of Price-Related Discounts by Cigarette Brands, Journal of Public Health Management and Practice
- Using data from the National Adult Tobacco Survey, this study found that 22.1% of users of premium cigarette brands used discounts compared to 13.3% of generic brand users and 10.8% of other brand users. These results indicate that smokers of lower socioeconomic status who were more likely to use generic brands also might be less likely to affected by the policies banning discounts, indicating a need for a higher minimum price in addition to restricting use of coupons and promotion for cigarettes in order to address racial and income disparities in smoking.
- Learn more about raising tobacco prices through non-tax approaches.
Tobacco Retailer Density:
- Tobacco retail outlet density and risk of youth smoking in New Zealand, Tobacco Control
- This study found that secondary school student in New Zealand were more likely to be smokers when their school was located in an area with a high density of tobacco retail outlets. When tobacco retail outlet density was high, current smokers were also more likely to attempt purchasing tobacco, and non-smokers were more likely to be susceptible to smoking. This indicates a need to reduce density of tobacco retailers around schools to reduce youth smoking rates and youth smoking initiation.
- Read more about licensing and zoning as strategies to limit tobacco retail outlet density.
- Current Cigarette Smoking Among Adults – United States, 2005-2014, CDC MMWR
- News Stories:
- Who still smokes in the United States – in seven simple charts, Washington Post
- U.S. Smoking Rate Declines, but Poor Remain at Higher Risk, New York Times
- News Stories:
- Vaporized: Youth and young adult exposure to e-cigarette marketing, Truth Initiative
- The environmental profile of a community’s health: a cross-sectional study on tobacco marketing in 16 countries, WHO
- Broken Promises to Our Children: A State-by-State Look at the 1998 State Tobacco Settlement 17 Years Later, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
- FDA issues first product marketing orders through premarket tobacco application pathway, FDA
- Reynolds believes Vuse innovations will spur e-cig sales,Winston-Salem Journal
- The Local Tobacco Regulatory Landscape, Tobacco E-News
- RJR, BAT Solidify Vapor Deal, CSP Daily News
POS Policy in the Media
- KC, Wyandotte County raise legal age for tobacco purchases to 21, Kansas City Star
- Cleveland Council to consider tough anti-tobacco plan, WKYC
- Wyckoff imposes new smoking, tobacco sales restrictions, NorthJersey.com
- S.F. looks at raising minimum age for buying tobacco to 21, San Francisco Gate
- Adams Looks at Raising Tobacco Age, iBerkshires
- Massachusetts, Like Boston, Weighs Raising Legal Age for Buying Cigarettes to 21, Associated Press
- Cleveland bans tobacco, e-cigarettes sales to people under 21, Cleveland.com
- Smoke ‘Em If You’ve Got ‘Em and If You’re 21, The Atlantic
- The Troubling History of Big Tobacco’s Cozy Ties With Black Leaders, Mother Jones
- Racial Politics Flavor Debate Over Banning Menthol Cigarettes, Fair Warning
- Significant drop in the number of high school students who smoke attributed to plain packaging, ABC News
- France to give nod to plain cigarette packaging, AFP
- Ban on display of tobacco products to in Singapore in 2017, The Strait Times
- Richfield clamps down on e-cigarettes, cigars, MN Sun Current
- E-cig packaging restrictions become law Tuesday, Winston-Salem Journal
- Fremont says nay to new tobacco stores, Contra Costa Times
- New Montana law regulates e-cigarettes, Bozeman Daily Chronicle
- Worcester, Mass. Moves Forward with Smoking Ban, Tobacco Retailer Restrictions, HalfWheel
- Young activists pushing St. Paul to limit flavored-tobacco sales, Pioneer Press
- Multnomah County approves tobacco licensing requirement, Portland Tribune
- Don’t Let Progress on Tobacco Evaporate, New York Times
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