May 2019 News and Research Roundup

Displays/Display Ban, E-Cigarettes, FDA, Flavors (including Menthol), Licensing, Non-Tax Price Increases, Price Promotions, Product Placement, Youth

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

Price Promotions 

  • Receipt of tobacco direct mail/email discount coupons and trajectories of cigarette smoking behaviours in a nationally representative longitudinal cohort of US adults, Tobacco Control
    • Data from Wave 1 (2013-2014) and Wave 2 (2014-2015) of the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health Study show receiving coupons for tobacco is associated with smoking initiation, progression from experimentation to daily smoking, and smoking relapse. At Wave 1, 10.7% of never smokers, 13.9% of experimental smokers, 37.1% of current smokers, and 16.5% of former smokers reported receiving tobacco direct mail/e-mail coupons within the past 6 months. Participants who had lower levels of income or education and were non-Hispanic white current smokers were most likely to have received coupons. Never-smokers who reported receiving coupons at Wave 1 were more than twice as likely to have initiated smoking at Wave 2 compared to those who did not receive coupons. Similarly, experimental smokers who received coupons were 1.62 times as likely to become daily smokers as those who did not receive coupons, and former smokers who received coupons were nearly twice (1.91 times) as likely to relapse than formers smokers who did not receive coupons. Learn how state and local governments can pass policies to prohibit the redemption of coupons and other discounts.

Graphic Warnings and Display Bans


Industry News 

POS Policy in the Media

Menthol and Other Flavored Tobacco Products


Tobacco 21

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