News and Research Round Up

Cigarettes, Displays/Display Ban, E-Cigarettes, Flavors (including Menthol), Health Warnings, Healthy Retailers, Large Cigars, Little cigars/Cigarillos, Non-Tax Price Increases, Pharmacies, Product Availability, Product Placement, Store Assessments, Tobacco21, 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 

VideoStore Assessments

Restricting Product Availability and Placement

  • Impact on smoking of England’s 2012 partial tobacco point of sale display ban: a repeated cross-sectional national study,Tobacco Control
    • While an immediate decline in smoking rates was not seen following the partial display ban, current smoking rates did decline by 5% over the study period with a sharper decline in the time period after the partial display was implemented. Researchers suggest that the partial display ban removes a cue to smoke by removing the advertising, and therefore helps smokers trying to quit to avoid relapse. A larger effect may be seen with a full display ban.
  • New York City flavoured tobacco product sales ban evaluation, Tobacco Control
    • In 2009, New York City banned the sale of all flavored tobacco (including cigars, cigarillos, little cigars, chew, snuff, snus, tobacco, pipe tobacco, roll-your-own tobacco, and dissolvables, excluding menthol). Enforcement began in 2010, and researchers found that three years later, sales of flavored tobacco products declined by 87%, and sales of non-flavored tobacco only increased for cigars (by 5%) and pipe and roll-your-own (by 4%). Additionally, in 2013, teens had a 37% lower likelihood of ever trying flavored tobacco products and a 28% lower likelihood of using any type of tobacco product.
    • Learn more about restricting the sale of flavored tobacco products.

Graphic Warning Labels


Raising Tobacco Prices through Non-Tax Approaches

  • D. tobacco in pharmacyTobacco industry responsibility for butts: A Model Tobacco Waste Act, Tobacco Control
    • This special communication report describes how a Model Tobacco Waste Act could be used to address environmental impacts of tobacco product waste, help draw attention to tobacco use and its health consequences, raise the price of tobacco products, and possibly reduce the number of tobacco product retailers. Learn more about tobacco waste mitigation fees as a way to raise the price of tobacco.

Tobacco Free Pharmacies

Healthy Stores

Industry News 

POS Policy in the Media

Tobacco 21


Tobacco Free Pharmacies


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