We Can’t Wait: Governmental Action Can Do More than Voluntary Corporate Action

E-Cigarettes, FDA, Flavors (including Menthol), Licensing, Policy Advocacy, Product Availability, Retailer Density, Tobacco21, Youth

In a statement released on March 4, 2019, the FDA announced new actions taken by the agency to warn Walgreens and 15 other corporate-owned chains and franchise stores, including Walmart, with violation rates greater than 15%. Since then, we have seen several chains announce actions they plan to take to reduce youth access to tobacco: … Read More

April 2019 News and Research Roundup

Advertising Restictions, Cigarettes, Disparities, E-Cigarettes, Flavors (including Menthol), Pharmacies, Policy Advocacy, Smokeless Tobacco and SNUS, Tobacco21, Vape Shops, 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

March 2019 News and Research Roundup

Cigarettes, Disparities, E-Cigarettes, FDA, Flavors (including Menthol), Policy Advocacy, Preemption, Product Availability, Product Packaging, Store Assessments, Tobacco21, 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

Reversing Preemption: A Colorado Case Study

Cigarettes, E-Cigarettes, Licensing, Policy Advocacy, Preemption, Store Assessments, Tobacco21, Webinars, Youth

Preemption is the way by which the authority of a “lower” level of government is limited by a “higher” level of government. The tobacco industry and its allies have continued to use preemptive strategies to deter efforts made especially at the local-level. Preemption is one of the biggest challenges in tobacco control and can impede … Read More

Tobacco 21 in Virginia

Licensing, Policy Advocacy, Tobacco21

On February 21, 2019, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam signed into law HB 2748, which makes Virginia the 7th state to joint the “Tobacco 21” club, along with over 425 cities and counties around the country. Raising the minimum legal sales age for tobacco products to 21 has the potential to help greatly reduce smoking rates. … Read More

February 2019 News and Research Roundup

Cigarettes, Disparities, Displays/Display Ban, E-Cigarettes, FDA, Flavors (including Menthol), Licensing, Pharmacies, Policy Advocacy, Preemption, Product Availability, Product Placement, Store Assessments, Tobacco21, 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

Tobacco Sales in Pharmacies: Walgreens “On Notice”

FDA, Pharmacies, Policy Advocacy

Earlier this month, the FDA issued at no tobacco sales order to a Walgreens in Miami Beach, FL for repeated tobacco sales to minors. However, Walgreens as a corporation also has a 22% overall violation rate for sales to minors, making it the top violator among pharmacies that sell tobacco products.FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb has written to Walgreens … Read More

FDA Announces Proposed Ban on Menthol Cigarettes and Flavored Cigars, Restrictions on Flavored E-Cigarettes

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

On November 15th, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced the agency’s next steps in youth tobacco prevention. This includes: Banning menthol cigarettes: The FDA will issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to ban menthol in cigarettes and any other combustible tobacco product. This is long overdue and a critical step towards reducing initiation, making it easier for … Read More

Massachusetts becomes 6th state to pass Tobacco 21, 1st State to Prohibit Tobacco Sales in Pharmacies

Pharmacies, Policy Advocacy, Tobacco21, Youth

On July 27th, Massachusetts became the 6th state to raise the minimum legal sales age (MLSA) for tobacco to 21, and the first state to prohibit tobacco sales in pharmacies. Localities in Massachusetts have been pioneers in both the “Tobacco 21” movement and the tobacco-free pharmacy movement. In 2005, Needham, Massachusetts was the first town in the US … Read More