Welcome to CounterTobacco.org’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!
Point of Sale Advertising and Displays
- The Association between Point-of-Sale Advertising Bans and Youth Experimental Smoking:Findings from the Global Youth Tobacco Survey (GYTS), AIMS Public Health
- Comparing data across 130 different countries, researchers found that implementation of a POS advertising ban is associated with 31% less experimental smoking among youth.
- Influence of point-of-sale tobacco displays and plain black and white cigarette packaging and advertisements on adults: Evidence from a virtual store experimental study, Addictive Behaviors
- In a virtual convenience store, recently quit smokers had lower urges to smoke and were less likely to attempt to purchase cigarettes when the store’s tobacco product display was enclosed behind a cabinet (simulating a “display ban”) compared to when the store’s display was fully visible. Similarly, current smokers shopping in the store condition that used plain packaging for cigarettes, coupled with black and white, text-only advertisements, were significantly less likely to attempt to purchase cigarettes than those shopping in the store with full-color cigarette packaging and advertisements. This study provides evidence for display bans and for plain packaging and advertisements as a way to help adults maintain cessation or reduce their smoking.
- The Association of Exposure to Point-of-Sale Tobacco Marketing with Quit Attempt and Quit Success: Results from a Prospective Study of Smokers in the United States, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
- This study found that smokers exposed to higher levels of POS tobacco marketing (including product displays, advertisements, and promotions) had a lower probability of a successful quit attempts compared to smokers exposed to lower levels of POS tobacco marketing.
- Learn more about display bans and policies that restrict tobacco advertising and promotions.
- Tobacco Retail Outlet Density and Young Adult Tobacco Initiation, Nicotine & Tobacco Research
- Young adults 18-24 years old living in areas with high tobacco retailer density were over three times more likely to have recently initiated non-cigarette combustible products than those living in areas with lower retailer density. Similarly, individuals 25-34 years old living in areas with high tobacco retailer density were nearly four times more likely to have initiated cigarette use in past six months than those living in areas with lower retailer density. This provides further evidence that retailer density is associated with greater rates of tobacco use initiation.
- Learn more about strategies to combat tobacco retailer density, such as licensing and zoning.
- Impact of advertisements promoting candy-like flavoured e-cigarettes on appeal of tobacco smoking among children: an experimental study, Tobacco Control
- Advertisements for flavored e-cigarettes elicited greater interest in buying and trying e-cigarettes among UK youth ages 11-16 compared to advertisements for non-flavored e-cigarettes.
- The effect of potential electronic nicotine delivery system regulations on nicotine product selection, Addiction
- This study found that increasing the prices of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) from $3 to $6 was associated with a 13.6% reduction in smokers’ selection of ENDS. Warning labels reduced ENDS selection by 1.1% (proposed FDA warning label) to 5.1% (MarkTen warning label). Restricting flavors was associated with a 2.1% reduction in selection overall, while youth presented wtih multiple flavored ENDS options were 3.7% more likely to choose ENDS. This indicates that increased taxes and more severe warning labels may discourage adult smokers from choosing ENDS, and reducing the availability of flavors may reduce ENDS use by youth smokers.
- News story: Eliminating Flavors from E-cigarettes May Benefit Public Health More than Taxing Them, Weill Cornell Newsroom
- Longitudinal study of e-cigarette use and onset of cigarette smoking among high school students in Hawaii, Tobacco Control
- High school student who had never smoked but who used e-cigarettes were nearly three times as likely to have initiated cigarette smoking a year later compared to those who had not used e-cigarettes. Learn more about e-cigarettes at the point of sale.
- News Story: Teen vaping leads to teen smoking, new study suggests, Los Angeles Times
- Cherry-flavoured electronic cigarettes expose users to the inhalation irritant, benzaldehyde, Thorax
- Learn more about e-cigarettes at the point of sale.
- Raising the Tobacco Sales Age to 21: Surveying the Legal Landscape, Law and the Public Health
- State of Tobacco Control 2016: Progress in Peril, American Lung Association
- Reynolds completes $5B sale of international rights to super-premium brand, Winston-Salem Journal
- Court overturns tobacco company victory over FDA on menthols, Associated Press
- Big 3 tobacco manufacturers push forward on label lawsuit, Winston-Salem Journal
- Potentially pivotal suit pits smokers vs. Big Tobacco, CBS MoneyWatch
- Shareholders Approve New Name for Tobacco Companies, CSP Daily News
POS Policy in the Media
- Berkeley Raises Smoking Age to 21, PR Newswire
- Wareham Health Board raises tobacco-buying age to 21, Wareham Courier
- West Virginia Legislature to Consider Tobacco Age Increase and Five Tax Increase Bills, HalfWheel
- Elway Poll: Two-Thirds of Washingtonians Support Raising Tobacco Sale Age to 21, Washington State Office of the Attorney General
- AG’s bill to raise sale age of tobacco advances in Washington, Legal Newsline
- Iowa legislature to consider tobacco purchase age increase, HalfWheel
- [Tennessee] Tobacco bill would raise buying age to 21, Daily News Journal
- [Bourne, MA] Health Board Amends Tobacco Regulations, The Bourne Enterprise
- Adams Board of Health Updated Tobacco Regulations, iBerkshires
- [Kansas] Olathe raises minimum age for tobacco purchases to 21, KMBC
- [Mississippi] County sets public hearing to discuss raising the smoking age to 21,Natchez Democrat
- [Kentucky] New push to increase age to buy cigarettes, tobacco products, WLKY
- American Canyon bans tobacco, e-cigarettes stores, Napa Valley Register
- Western Minnesota town passes tough e-cigarette laws, Duluth News Tribune
- RIT researchers study safety of electronic cigarette flavorings, Rochester Institute of Technology
- Obama signs child-proof packaging standards for e-cigs, The Hill
- Officials seek reforms after Utah youths e-cig use quintuples in 5 years, Salt Lake Tribune
- Tyngsboro passes new tobacco laws, Lowell Sun
- What Yelp data tells us about vaping, Quartz
- Tobacco Vendors May Have to Get City License, WeHoVille
- Public health advocates, retailers clash on tobacco bill, Statesman Journal
- Bill could subject New Hampshire tobacco retailers to new license, HalfWheel
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