News and Research Round Up

Cigarettes, Disparities, E-Cigarettes, FDA, Flavors (including Menthol), Large Cigars, Licensing, Little cigars/Cigarillos, Non-Tax Price Increases, Pharmacies, 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 


Cigars, Cigarillos, and Little Cigars 

  • Point-of-Sale tobacco marketing in rural and urban Ohio: could the new landscape of Tobacco products widen inequalities? Preventive Medicine
    • This study examined tobacco advertising on the exterior of tobacco retailers in rural and urban Ohio and found a higher prevalence of ads for cigarillos, cigars, and e-cigarettes in African American communitiesAdditionally, cigarillo advertising was more likely in disadvantaged and urban communities. Urban, disadvantaged, African-American communities had advertisements for more types of tobacco products overall. The tobacco industry has historically marketed menthol cigarettes to similar vulnerable populations. These findings suggest that the tobacco industry is continuing to market contemporary products like cigarillos and e-cigarettes in ways that disproportionately target urban, disadvantaged, and African-American communities.
    • Learn more about disparities in point-of-sale advertising.
  • Research letter: A cigar by any other name would taste as sweetTobacco Control
    • DSC_7621_2mbResearchers tracked cigar sales between 2008 and 2014 by flavor categories. Flavored cigars accounted for over half of cigar sales. However, the number of fruit flavors is declining, while “other” flavors (e.g. “Jazz,” “Golden,” and “Royale”) are on the rise, which the authors suggest may be part of a tobacco industry attempt to avoid characterizing flavor descriptors in the case of a ban on flavored cigars.
    • Learn more about the FDA Tobacco Control Act and POS and the proposed deeming regulation, which could affect how cigars are regulated.
  • Individual, Parental, and Environmental Correlates of Cigar, Cigarillo, and Little Cigar Use Among Middle School Adolescents, Nicotine & Tobacco Research
    • In addition to individual and familial factors, this study found that use of cigar, cigarillo, and little cigars among 7th and 8th graders is associated with more frequent visits to corner stores where they may be exposed to increased retail tobacco advertising and products.  7th and 8th graders were 1.43 times as likely to use cigars, cigarillos, and little cigars if they visited a corner store once per week, 2.12 times as likely if they visited a corner store twice per week and 2.61 times as likely if they visited a corner store 3 or 4 times per week compared to those who did not.
    • Learn more about why retail tobacco control is important.



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