News and Research Round Up

Cigarettes, E-Cigarettes, Flavors (including Menthol), Health Warnings, Licensing, Little cigars/Cigarillos, Product Packaging, Retailer Density, Tobacco21, Vape Shops, 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

  • Reducing the density and number of tobacco retailers: Policy solutions and legal issues, Nicotine & Tobacco Research
    • This paper provides an overview of policy options for reducing the number and density of tobacco retailers through licensing, zoning, and direct regulation.  It also analyzes potential legal challenges to those policy options. Policies discussed include the following:  imposing minimum distance requirements between existing retailers or between retailers and locations that serve youth (e.g. schools, playgrounds); capping the number of retailers in a given geographic area; establishing a maximum number of retailers proportional to population size; and prohibiting sales at certain types of establishments, such as pharmacies. The authors conclude that because of evidence linking tobacco retailer density to smoking rates at a community level, courts are likely to reject constitutional challenges to well-designed polices that aim to reduce tobacco retailer density.
    • Learn more about licensing and zoning as strategies to reduce retailer density.

Packaging and POS Health Warnings


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Industry News

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Federal News

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