March 2022 News and Research Roundup

Displays/Display Ban, E-Cigarettes, Endgame, FDA, Flavors (including Menthol), Minimum price, Non-Tax Price Increases, Price Promotions, Product Availability, Product Packaging, Retailer Density

Welcome to’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

Menthol and Other Flavored Tobacco Products

  • Flavoured Tobacco Sales Restrictions Reduce Tobacco Product Availability and Retailer Advertising, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
    • window ad for flavored cigarillosAcross San Francisco and Alameda Counties in California between 2015-2020 availability of flavored tobacco products decreased by 96% in cities that enacted comprehensive flavored tobacco sales restrictions, by 62.7% in cities that enacted partially restrictive policies, and by 13.6% reduction in cities without any restrictions. In addition, exterior store advertising for tobacco products decreased overall in cities with restrictions on the sale of flavored tobacco products. This indicates that not only can flavored tobacco sales restrictions impact youth initiation by decreasing access to flavored products, but they can also reduce the amount of tobacco advertising that youth are exposed to in the retail setting.
    • Learn more about restricting tobacco product availability

Emerging Products 

  • Anticipating IQOS market expansion in the United States, Tobacco Prevention & Cessation
    • While IQOS sales in the US are on hold due to a patent lawsuit, the heated tobacco products were previously introduced in Atlanta and Buford, GA; Charlotte and Raleigh, NC; and Charleston and Myrtle Beach, SC. Altria expects to be able to resume sales at some point in the near future. When that happens, researchers expect that the company will target the markets in the cities of Nashville, TN; St. Louis, MN; and Louisville, KY for expansion based on market size, median household income, consumer spending, smoking prevalence, and lenient tobacco control environments.
    • Learn more about heated tobacco products at the point of sale.
  • Special communication: Moving targets: how the rapidly changing tobacco and nicotine landscape creates advertising and promotion policy challenges, Tobacco Control
    • Ad for Zyn “This paper reviews recent commercial product offerings and the regulatory challenges associated with them. This includes electronic nicotine delivery systems, electronic non-nicotine delivery systems, personal vaporisers, heated tobacco products, nicotine salts, tobacco-free nicotine products, other nicotine products resembling nicotine replacement therapies, and various vitamin and cannabis products that share delivery devices or marketing channels with tobacco products….Tobacco control policy often lags behind the evolution of the industry, which may continue to sell these products for years while regulations are established, refined or enforced. Policies that anticipate commercial tobacco, nicotine and related product and marketing changes and that are broad enough to cover these product developments are needed.”



New Reports 

Industry News 

POS Policy in the Media 

Menthol and Other Flavored Tobacco Products 

Synthetic Nicotine

Tobacco 21


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