News and Research Round Up

Cigarettes, Disparities, Displays/Display Ban, Flavors (including Menthol), International, Licensing, Pharmacies, Price Promotions, Product Availability, Product Packaging, Retailer Density, Stores Near Schools, Tobacco21, Youth

Welcome to’s new “News and Research Roundup!” Each month we’ll be posting 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

Disparities and Density: 

Tobacco Marketing: 

  • Cigarette design and marketing features are associated with increased smoking susceptibility and perception of reduced harm among smokers in 27 EU countries Tobacco Control.
    Power Wall Display in Atlanta, GA with Branded Marketing. Photo Credit: Kathryn Stein
    • This study in the EU adds to the evidence that tobacco marketing, packaging, and flavored tobacco products, including menthol, influence individuals to initiate smoking and affect young peoples’ perceptions of the harm of such products. Australia is leading the way in banning displays and promotion of tobacco in the retail setting, and these two studies shows why that matters: increased exposure to point of sale tobacco marketing is linked with increased smoking and smoking susceptibility. Banning displays can help prevent youth from initiating smoking or help people quit by decreasing exposure to tobacco promotion and by de-normalizing tobacco use.

Tobacco Sales at Pharmacies:

  • Cigarette Purchases at Pharmacies by Patients at High Risk of Smoking-Related Illness JAMA Internal Medicine.
    • This study shows that smokers taking medications for illnesses that cigarette smoking can exacerbate, such as asthma, COPD and hypertension, purchase cigarettes at the pharmacies where they fill their prescriptions an average of every other month. This adds to the evidence that the decision of some pharmacies to stop selling cigarettes could help prevent individuals who are at greatest risk from buying cigarettes.
    • Check out our Tobacco-Free Pharmacies Action Guide for information on encouraging pharmacies to end tobacco sales, and visit for more ways to encourage pharmacies and other retailers to end tobacco sales.

New Reports

  • Check out the guide to learn how to use indicators to measure the impact of your Point of Sale efforts: Preventing Initiation of Tobacco Use: Outcome Indicators for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs–2014.  This updated guide from the CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) includes an updated logic model and updated Goal Area 1 outcomes and indicators for the National Tobacco Control Program, addressing preventing tobacco use initiation, including:
    • Outcome 1.1.c. Level of support for policies, and for enforcement of policies, to decrease availability of tobacco to young people
    • Outcome 3: Increased Restriction and Enforcement of Tobacco Product Sales, Availability, and Use
    • Outcome 4: Increased Policy and Enforcement Efforts to Reduce Tobacco Industry Influence
    • Outcome 6: Decreased Exposure to Tobacco Marketing and Availability of Tobacco Products
    • Outcome 7 Reduced Tobacco Industry Influence and 1.7.a. Extent and type of retail tobacco advertising
    • Outcome 8: Increased Price of Tobacco Products

For more resources, check out Policy Solutions for Restricting Product Availability, Placement, and PackagingRaising Tobacco Prices Through Non-Tax Approaches, and Restricting Tobacco Advertising and Promotions on our website.

POS Policy in the Media

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