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

March 2018 News and Research Roundup

Cigarettes, Displays/Display Ban, E-Cigarettes, Flavors (including Menthol), International, Licensing, Minimum price, Non-Tax Price Increases, Policy Advocacy, Price Promotions, Product Availability, Retailer Density, Stores Near Schools, 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

Local Menthol Policies: Case Studies

Flavors (including Menthol), Policy Advocacy, Webinars, Youth

On December 15th, 2017, Counter Tools hosted a webinar that offered case studies for successfully passed local policies restricting the sale of menthol tobacco products. Find out how the cities of Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Oakland were able to pass their respective policies, who helped, lessons learned, and more. View the recording below and Download the Oakland slides … Read More

August 2017 News and Research Roundup

Cigarettes, Disparities, E-Cigarettes, FDA, Flavors (including Menthol), Little cigars/Cigarillos, Policy Advocacy, Product Availability, Product Packaging, Stores Near Schools, 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

Research Study: Longitudinal POS Tobacco Trends in Albany, NY

Disparities, Displays/Display Ban, E-Cigarettes, Licensing, Pharmacies, Policy Advocacy, Product Availability, Store Assessments

New Research Study: Longitudinal Trends in Tobacco Availability, Tobacco Advertising, and Ownership Changes of Food Stores, Albany, New York, 2003–2015. Background: Previous research has shown that visiting grocery stores that sell tobacco is positively associated with smoking initiation among youth.[1] Method: Stores were identified through multiple government  lists and community canvasing for the years 2003, 2009, … Read More

Why Point of Sale Tobacco Marketing Matters

Policy Advocacy, Youth

The Surgeon General’s Report shows that exposure to tobacco marketing can cause youth to start smoking. See why point of sale tobacco marketing matters and find out what you can do to limit Big Tobacco’s deadly influence in your community.

New Point of Sale Report to the Nation shows increased policy activity since 2012

Advertising Restictions, Cigarettes, E-Cigarettes, Flavors (including Menthol), Health Warnings, Licensing, Little cigars/Cigarillos, Non-Tax Price Increases, Policy Advocacy, Price Promotions, Product Availability, Product Placement, Smokeless Tobacco and SNUS, Store Assessments, Youth

The latest Point of Sale Report of the Nation: Realizing the Power of States and Communities to Change the Tobacco Retail and Policy Landscape was released earlier this week. This report, the third in a series of Point of Sale Reports to the Nation since 2012, is the product of a collaboration between the Center for Public … Read More

Restricting Tobacco Advertising and Promotions: Dealing with Legal Obstacles

Advertising Restictions, Displays/Display Ban, Health Warnings, Licensing, Pharmacies, Policy Advocacy, Preemption, Price Promotions, Stores Near Schools, Tobacco21

In a new article in The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, entitled “Regulating Tobacco Product Advertising and Promotions in the Retail Environment: A Roadmap for States and Localities,” authors Lange, Hoefges & Ribisl discuss legal obstacles to various strategies for reducing youth tobacco use initiation and outline point of sale interventions for localities and … Read More