June 2022 News and Research Roundup

Advertising Restictions, Cigarettes, Disparities, E-Cigarettes, Flavors (including Menthol), Minimum price, Non-Tax Price Increases, Price Promotions, Product Availability, Retailer Density, Stores Near Schools, 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 … Read More

FDA Proposes Rules to Prohibit Menthol Cigarettes and Flavored Cigars

Cigarettes, Disparities, Endgame, FDA, Flavors (including Menthol), Large Cigars, Little cigars/Cigarillos, Product Availability, Youth

Yesterday, the FDA released two proposed rules prohibiting menthol as a characterizing flavor in cigarettes and all characterizing flavors in cigars.  This action represents a huge and long overdue step forward for public health and health equity.  When implemented, these changes will save lives, especially Black lives, and help protect kids from tobacco addiction. Scientific … Read More

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

New Zealand Endgame Goals

Cigarettes, Endgame, International, Retailer Density, Youth

New Zealand, which has an “endgame” goal of reducing smoking to below 5% by 2025, announced on December 9, 2021 that the country is moving forward with a phased plan to get there, including: reducing the number of cigarette retailers (beginning in 2024), reducing the nicotine in cigarettes (beginning in 2025), and gradually raising the … Read More

10th Annual Point-of-Sale Tobacco Marketing Photo Contest Winners

Cigarettes, E-Cigarettes, Flavors (including Menthol), Photo Contest, Price Promotions, Product Placement, Self-Service, Stores Near Schools, Youth

We asked you to submit photos documenting the tobacco industry’s marketing tactics and promotional strategies at the point of sale in your communities. Many thanks to everyone who participated! We received dozens of powerful photos from across the country. The entries show the evolving tobacco product landscape and the relentless efforts of the tobacco industry … Read More

FDA Authorizes First E-Cigarette Products

Advertising Restictions, E-Cigarettes, FDA, Flavors (including Menthol), Product Availability, Youth

On October 12th, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it has given marketing authorization to R.J. Reynolds Vapor Company’s e-cigarette product Vuse Solo, a closed-system device, and the tobacco-flavored e-liquid cartridges that accompany it. This is the first e-cigarette product that the agency has authorized through their premarket review process. On the … Read More

August 2021 News and Research Roundup

Cigarettes, Disparities, E-Cigarettes, FDA, Flavors (including Menthol), Licensing, Policy Advocacy, 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 Free Generation Policy in Brookline, MA

Cigarettes, Endgame, Youth

In November 2020, Brookline, MA passed the nation’s first “Tobacco-Free Generation” policy, prohibiting all tobacco and e-cigarette sales to anyone born after January 1, 2000, and the policy has now been approved by the Massachusetts Attorney General. A similar concept was also proposed in Hawaii in 2019, gradually raising the minimum legal sales age from … 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

FDA moves to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars

Cigarettes, Disparities, Endgame, FDA, Flavors (including Menthol), Little cigars/Cigarillos, Policy Advocacy, Product Availability, Youth

Yesterday, the FDA announced their intention to issue proposed product standards this year eliminating menthol in cigarettes and all flavors in cigars. This action is huge, historic, and overdue. It will save lives, especially Black lives. It is thanks to tireless advocates who have been working towards this for decades, and a result of a … Read More

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