FTC Reports Show Cigarette Sales Increased for the First Time in 20 Years; The Retail Store Remains the Tobacco Industry’s Primary Marketing Channel

Cigarettes, Flavors (including Menthol), Price Promotions, Smokeless Tobacco and SNUS

A report released yesterday from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on cigarette and smokeless tobacco sales and marketing expenditures show that in 2020, cigarettes sales increased for the first time in 20 years, with cigarettes sales from tobacco companies to wholesales and retailers rising from 202.9 billion in 2019 to 203.7 billion in 2020. To … 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

July 2021 News and Research Roundup

Cigarettes, Disparities, E-Cigarettes, Flavors (including Menthol), Licensing, Price Promotions, Retailer Density, Vape Shops

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

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

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 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

October 2020 News and Research Roundup

Advertising Restictions, Cigarettes, Disparities, E-Cigarettes, FDA, Flavors (including Menthol), International, Minimum price, Non-Tax Price Increases, Price Promotions, Product Availability, 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 Retailer Licenses Passed in Pleasanton & Sebastopol, CA

Cigarettes, E-Cigarettes, Flavors (including Menthol), Large Cigars, Licensing, Little cigars/Cigarillos, Minimum pack size, Minimum price, Non-Tax Price Increases, Pharmacies, Price Promotions, Product Availability, Retailer Density, Smokeless Tobacco and SNUS, Stores Near Schools, Youth

  Pleasanton, CA recently established a tobacco retailer license (TRL), which will go into effect on January 1, 2021.The TRL bans the sale of flavored tobacco products and prevents new tobacco retailers from setting up shop within 1,000 feet of a public school, park, or recreation center. As well, the TRL establishes minimum prices and minimum … Read More

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