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
Category: Policy Advocacy
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
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
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. Method: Stores were identified through multiple government lists and community canvasing for the years 2003, 2009, … Read More
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.
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
People often ask how to use store observation data once it has been collected. Store observations (also referred to as store audits or assessments) allow you to collect data about what is happening at the stores in your community and use this information to educate the public, policymakers, and youth about the deceptive marketing tactics … Read More