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 for your community. New research can help provide support for your work and evidence for the importance of the “War in the Store.” Have a story you don’t want us to miss? E-mail it to us!

New Research

Tobacco Retail Availability

  • Turning over a new leaf: Vape shop closings, openings and transitions in six U.S. Metropolitan statistical areas, Preventive Medicine Reports
    • Vape Shop A comparison of vape shops in six U.S. metropolitan statistical areas between April-May 2018 and July-September 2019 found that over that time period, 11.5% of vape shops originally identified had closed and 29.8% of stores identified at follow-up had newly opened. Stores that only sold vape products were more likely to close than those that sold other tobacco products. Stores were also more likely to open in areas with more non-Hispanic White residents. Slightly more stores (3.5% vs. 2.0%) had marijuana-related names at follow-up as well. The researchers recommend retailer licensing to help track location, sales practices, and the opening and closing of vape shops.
    • Learn more about licensing and tobacco retailer density.
  • Tobacco retail availability and cigarette and e-cigarette use among youth and adults: a scoping review, Tobacco Control
    • This study shows that while there is evidence for the association between tobacco retailer availability and rates of smoking and e-cigarette use in a community, there is also a need for greater consistency in measurement of density and proximity as environmental exposure to tobacco retailers, as well as more representative samples and consistent controls for population demographics.
  • Trends in the Number and Type of Tobacco Product Retailers, United States, 2000-2017, Nicotine & Tobacco Research
    • This study found that tobacco retailer availability increased by 12% between 2000 and 2017, with the total number of stores across the country increasing from 317,492 to 356,074 , even though smoking rates decreased during this time period. On average, each year about 8% of the total stores had newly opened and 7.3% of stores closed. Researchers indicate this rate of closure could help jurisdictions that implement retailer caps or other policies that rely on attrition over time to reduce retail availability of tobacco to anticipate the likely rate of change. In addition, researchers found that gas/convenience stores were the most common type of tobacco retailer, followed by grocery stores and supermarkets. Since 2011, the number of pharmacies selling tobacco decreased, while the number of tobacco-specialty stores and discount stores (e.g. dollar stores) selling tobacco increased.
    • See a poster describing the results of this study here:  https://aspirecenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SRNT-2021-Golden-Trends-Poster.pdf


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Industry News

POS Policy in the Media


Menthol and Other Flavored Tobacco Products

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