June 2021 News and Research Roundup

Cigarettes, Disparities, E-Cigarettes, FDA, Flavors (including Menthol), Mitigation Fee, Non-Tax Price Increases, Price Promotions, Product Availability, Product Placement, Smokeless Tobacco and SNUS, Store Assessments, Youth

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

2021 Point-of-Sale Tobacco Marketing Photo Contest Winners

Photo Contest

We asked you to submit photos documenting the tobacco industry’s marketing tactics and promotional strategies at the point of sale (POS) in your communities. We received over 50 awesome photos from across the country and even overseas. Many thanks to everyone who participated! The entries show the evolving tobacco product landscape and the relentless efforts … Read More

May 2021 News and Research Roundup

Disparities, FDA, Flavors (including Menthol), Little cigars/Cigarillos, Preemption, Product Availability, Tobacco21

 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

Announcing CounterTobacco.org’s 2021 Point-of-Sale Tobacco Marketing Photo Contest!

Photo Contest

The tobacco industry spends nearly $1 million every hour to market their deadly products – most of it at the point of sale. That amounted to $6.6 billion spent directly on marketing in the retail environment in 2019. The Surgeon General has concluded that exposure to this retail marketing encourages smoking and undermines quit attempts.   And it’s happening in … Read More

FDA moves to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars

Cigarettes, Disparities, Endgame, FDA, Flavors (including Menthol), Little cigars/Cigarillos, Policy Advocacy, Product Availability, Youth

Yesterday, the FDA announced their intention to issue proposed product standards this year eliminating menthol in cigarettes and all flavors in cigars. This action is huge, historic, and overdue. It will save lives, especially Black lives. It is thanks to tireless advocates who have been working towards this for decades, and a result of a … Read More

April 2021 News and Research Roundup

Advertising Restictions, Cigarettes, Disparities, E-Cigarettes, Endgame, Flavors (including Menthol), Licensing, Little cigars/Cigarillos, Non-Tax Price Increases, Pharmacies, Preemption, Product Availability, Retailer Density

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 25: Endgame

Cigarettes, Disparities, Endgame, Licensing, Podcast, Product Availability, Retailer Density

Endgame strategies have been defined as, “initiatives designed to change/eliminate permanently the structural, political, and social dynamics that sustain the tobacco epidemic, in order to end it within a specific time,” and moving towards the endgame means, “moving beyond tobacco control (which assumes the continued presence of tobacco as a common, widely-available ordinary consumer product) … Read More

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, Podcast, 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

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