FTC Reports Show the Tobacco Industry Continues to Concentrate Marketing and Promotion Expenditures at the Point of Sale

Advertising Restictions, Cigarettes, Displays/Display Ban, Non-Tax Price Increases, Price Promotions, Product Placement

In 2019, the tobacco industry spent nearly $6.6 billion marketing and promoting cigarettes and smokeless tobacco directly at the point of sale (POS). These POS expenditures account for over 80% of the tobacco companies’ total marketing dollars spent on cigarettes and smokeless tobacco combined. These figures from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Reports on Cigarettes and … Read More

Counter Tobacco Podcast Episode 24: Equitable Enforcement in Commercial Tobacco Control Policy

Disparities, Licensing, Policy Advocacy

In this episode, we talk with Natasha Phelps, a Lead Senior Staff Attorney at the Public Health Law Center, about the recent statement on “Decriminalizing Commercial Tobacco: Addressing Systemic Racism in the Enforcement of Commercial Tobacco Control” that was released last year by a consortium of public health organizations. We take a deeper dive into … Read More

February 2021 News and Research Roundup

Cigarettes, Disparities, E-Cigarettes, FDA, Flavors (including Menthol), Licensing, Little cigars/Cigarillos, Policy Advocacy, Preemption, Product Availability, Vape Shops

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

Counter Tobacco Podcast Episode 23: The Tobacco Control Vaccine Booster

Disparities, Displays/Display Ban, Flavors (including Menthol), Licensing, Minimum price, Non-Tax Price Increases, Podcast, Price Promotions, Product Availability, Product Packaging, Retailer Density, Stores Near Schools, Tobacco21

In this episode, we talk with Dr. Amanda Kong, one of the authors of a recent paper “Boosting the Tobacco Control Vaccine: recognizing the role of the retail environment in addressing tobacco use and disparities.” We discuss how key retail strategies, including addressing product availability, pricing and promotions, advertising and display, the minimum age of … Read More

Tobacco industry funded referendum postpones California flavor ban

Disparities, Flavors (including Menthol), Product Availability, Youth

California’s flavor ban prohibiting the sale of most flavored tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes, was set to go into effect on January 1, 2021. However, a petition sponsored by the tobacco industry seeking to challenge the law and send it to ballot referendum has received over a million signatures, well over the required number of 623,212 … Read More

November 2020 News and Research Roundup

Cigarettes, Disparities, E-Cigarettes, Flavors (including Menthol), International, Licensing, Pharmacies, Product Placement, Retailer Density, Stores Near Schools

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 … Read More

Three More States Pass Tobacco 21

Tobacco21

In August, Georgia, New Hampshire, and Nebraska became the 31st, 32nd, and 33rd states to pass Tobacco 21. All bills bring the states’ minimum legal sales age (MLSA) into alignment with the federal law, which helps to reduce consumer and retailer confusion and allows for both FDA and state-level enforcement. Beyond this, each state’s legislation has … Read More

ASPiRE Center Releases New POS Reports

Licensing, Policy Advocacy, Retailer Density, Store Assessments, Stores Near Schools, Uncategorized

The ASPiRE Center, a National Cancer Institute-funded collaborative of tobacco control researchers, practitioners, and legal experts, recently released two extensive reports on commercial tobacco at the point of sale.   Using data from interviews with program managers and coalition members from Community Advisory Boards in 30 cities, as well as an online survey of state tobacco … Read More

Archived Webinar: Tobacco Ad Messaging Strategies at the Point of Sale – A Health Equity Focused Case Study

Advertising Restictions, Disparities, Flavors (including Menthol), Webinars

On May 27, 2020, Counter Tools held a webinar on “Tobacco Ad Messaging Strategies at the Point of Sale – A Health Equity Focused Case Study,” a part of our Healthy POS Webinar Series. Despite evidence of disparities in exposure to tobacco retailers and point-of-sale advertising, little is known about the extent to which tobacco … Read More

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