Counter Tobacco Podcast Episode 29: Tobacco-Related Assurances of Voluntary Compliance

Advertising Restictions, Podcast, Store Assessments, Youth

In this episode, we provide a primer on tobacco-related Assurance of Voluntary Compliance (AVC), which are legally binding and enforceable agreements between companies (i.e. big tobacco retailers) and one or more states (under each state attorneys general) in which the retailer agrees to adhere to certain standards and practices to reflect their commitment to the … Read More

Counter Tobacco Podcast Episode 27: Point-of-Sale Pricing Policies

Cigarettes, Disparities, Minimum pack size, Minimum price, Non-Tax Price Increases, Podcast, Price Promotions, Smokeless Tobacco and SNUS

In this episode, we talk about point-of-sale pricing policies, meaning ways to raise the price of tobacco sold in retail stores. Raising prices is one of the most effective ways to reduce tobacco use initiation, decrease consumption, and increase cessation. Learn how point-of-sale pricing policies, including minimum floor prices and bans on price discounts and … Read More

Counter Tobacco Podcast Episode 26: Nicotine Pouches and Other “Modern” Oral Nicotine Products

FDA, Flavors (including Menthol), Podcast, Price Promotions, Product Availability

In this quick primer of an episode, we talk about nicotine pouches like “Zyn” and other so-called “modern” oral nicotine products, how they are being marketed and sold in the retail environment, and options for regulating this small but rapidly growing product segment with concerns about youth initiation in mind. Listen below or on Apple … 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

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

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

Counter Tobacco Podcast Episode 22: Equity in Point-of-Sale Tobacco Control

Advertising Restictions, Cigarettes, Disparities, Flavors (including Menthol), Licensing, Minimum price, Non-Tax Price Increases, Podcast, Price Promotions, Product Availability, Retailer Density, Stores Near Schools, Youth

This episode is all about working towards health equity with point-of-sale tobacco control. We discuss some of the drivers behind inequities in tobacco use and related morbidities and mortality, and how we can use a pro-equity approach to plan, implement, and enforce policies that allow all individuals and all communities a fair and just opportunity … Read More

Counter Tobacco Podcast Episode 21: On Your Radar – September Spotlight on Flavor Bans

Cigarettes, E-Cigarettes, FDA, Flavors (including Menthol), Podcast, Product Availability

‘On Your Radar’ is a new episode format designed to put the most relevant and recent news stories and research on countering tobacco product sales, promotions, and marketing in the retail environment on your radar. This episode spotlights flavor bans. From the West Coast (California) to the Midwest (Edina and Fridley, MN & Chicago, IL), … Read More

Counter Tobacco Podcast Episode 20: On Your Radar – August Part 2

Cigarettes, E-Cigarettes, Flavors (including Menthol), Podcast, Product Availability, Retailer Density, Smokeless Tobacco and SNUS, Tobacco21, Youth

“On Your Radar” is a new episode format, where we release two mini-episodes – one halfway through the month, one at the end of the month – that provide you with the most recent and relevant news stories and research on countering tobacco product sales, promotions, and marketing in the retail environment. Listen to Part … Read More

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