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!
- Research Letter: Flavored Tobacco Product Use Among US Youth Aged 12-17 Years, 2013-2014, JAMA
- A national survey found that the majority of youth ages 12-17 reported that the first tobacco product they tried was flavored (88.7% of ever hookah users, 81% of ever e-cigarette users, 65.4% of ever cigar users, and 50.1% of ever cigarette smokers). Youth also reported product flavoring as a top reason for using tobacco within the past 30 days (81.5% of e-cigarettes users, 78.9% of hookah users, 73.8% of cigar users, 69.3% of smokeless tobacco users, and 67.2% of snus users).
- News story: First-time tobacco users lured by flavorings, report says, Los Angeles Times
E-Cigarettes, Vape Shops, and Public Opinion
- Public support for selected e-cigarette regulations and associations with overall information exposure and contradictory information exposure about e-cigarettes: Findings from a national survey of U.S. adults, Preventive Medicine
- This study surveyed U.S. adults and found support for 6 e-cigarette policies. Support varied from a low of 34% for banning flavors in e-cigarettes (although 38% had no opinion) to a high of 72% for requiring e-cigarette packages to label nicotine and harmful ingredients. In addition, 71% supported a ban on sales to minors, 66% supported requiring an addiction warning on packages, and 71% supported a ban on marketing and advertising to youth. People exposed to information about e-cigarettes, including 57% who were exposed to conflicting information, were less likely to support policies that restrict youth access or require nicotine, harmful ingredient and addiction warnings on labels. The researchers suggest that conflicting information exposure may cause confusion and undermine support for policies regulating e-cigarettes.
- Tobacco Attitudes and Behaviors of Vape Shop Retailers in Los Angeles, American Journal of Health Behavior
- A survey of vape shop retailers in Los Angeles, CA revealed that 76% of retailers believed e-cigarettes are safer than combustible cigarettes, and about 25% believed e-cigarettes are completely safe. Many also believed that e-cigarettes are safer than cessation products approved by the FDA. About 14% of retailers reported using both cigarettes and e-cigarettes within the past month. This study points towards a need for vape shop retailer education on the benefits and harms of e-cigarettes.
- Smokers’ attitudes and support for e-cigarette policies and regulation in the USA, Tobacco Control
- This survey of current smokers found that 62.5% did not know that e-cigarettes were unregulated by the FDA, but 83.5% agreed that they should be regulated for safety and quality. In addition, 86.6% supported warning labels and 87.7% supported e-cigarettes having the same minimum legal sale age as other tobacco products. Support was similarly high among e-cigarette users; however, e-cigarette users were less supportive of restrictions on indoor use (41.2%), flavor bans (44.3%) and advertising restrictions (55.5%).
- Learn more about e-cigarettes at the point of sale and about the importance of public opinion surveys for community assessments and determining a point of sale tobacco control strategy .
- Electronic Cigarette Use Among Adults: United States, 2014, National Center for Health Statistics
- News Story: E-Cigarette Use Highest Among Young Adults, U.S. Report Finds, HealthDay
- News Story: Nearly 4 Percent of U.S. Adults Regularly Use E-Cigarettes, Survey Says, New York Times
- News Story: E-Cigarettes Appeal to Smokers Who Are Trying to Quit, Study Says, Wall Street Journal
- Cigarette, Cigar, and Marijuana Use Among High School Students – United States, 1997-2013, CDC MMWR
- E-Cigarettes: An Emerging Public Health Challenge, CDC Public Health Grand Rounds
- Public Policy to Protect Children from Tobacco, Nicotine, and Tobacco Smoke,American Academy of Pediatrics
- News Story: Raise smoking age to 21 and regulate e-cigs, pediatricians urge, CNN
- Reynolds adds four Vuse flavorings nationwide, Winston-Salem Journal
- Imperial Tobacco Forms U.S. Cigar Company, CSP Daily News
- Three Issues From CTP Director Zeller’s NACS Show Appearance, Tobacco E-News
- The Final Steps for the FDA ‘Deeming’ Regulations, Tobacco E-News
POS Policy in the Media
- Central Falls businesses must pay up to sell tobacco products, Pawtucket Times
- Ingham County officials eye licensing e-cig vendors, Lansing State Journal
- Cerritos passes measure banning new e-cig businesses, Long Beach Press Telegram
- Multnomah County releases tobacco licensing proposal, The Oregonian
- Mahattan Beach to regulate tobacco sales with licenses, Easy Reader News
- Poll: Most Americans Support FDA Regulation of E-Cigarettes, NPR
- Can e-cigarettes save lives?, New York Times
- The Uncertainties About E-Cigarettes, New York Times
- Health groups urge FDA to investigate e-cig therapeutic claims, The Hill
- FTC plans to study e-cig, vapor data, Winston-Salem Journal
- Lab tests reveal popular e-cigarette liquids contain harmful chemicals, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
- Eastham Implements New Tobacco Regulations, CapeCod.com
- Should the Smoking Age Be 21? Some Legislators Say Yes, Pew Charitable Trusts Stateline
- PA. bill would raise tobacco age, ABC 27
- Lee, Lenox, Stockbridge raise minimum age to buy tobacco, WWLP
- Pressured by tobacco industry, Healdsburg halts groundbreaking law,SF Gate
- Central Ohio city approves revised under-21 smoking ban, Associated Press
- Multnomah County weighs increasing minimum age to buy tobacco, The Oregonion
- KC civic leaders call on area cities to raise the legal age for buying cigarettes to 21, Kansas City Star
- Paterson raises age for cigarette purchases to 21, Paterson Press
- Smokefree new year for under 21s in Attleboro, The Sun Chronicle
- Congress must not weaken nation’s fight against tobacco, The Hill
- FDA Blocking Tobacco Sales, The Hill
- St. Paul Works to Make Flavored Tobacco Harder to Buy, KSTP
- Anti-Smoking Campaign to Survey Tobacco Marketing, Clay Today
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