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 tobacco promotion and youth smoking: a meta-analysis, Tobacco Control
- This meta-analysis of the association between exposure to point of sale tobacco promotion among youth and their smoking susceptibility found that youth more frequently exposed to tobacco promotion are 1.6 times as likely to have tried smoking and are 1.3 times as likely to be susceptible for future smoking compared to youth less frequently exposed to tobacco promotion. This indicates that bans on tobacco promotion would be effective in reducing smoking initiation and smoking rates among youth.
- Learn more about policies to restrict tobacco advertising and promotion.
- Regulating Tobacco Product Advertising and Promotions in the Retail Environment: A Roadmap for States and Localities,Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics
- This article analyzes legal obstacles to various strategies for reducing youth tobacco use initiation and outlines point of sale interventions for localities and states to consider.
- Learn more about point of sale policy options.
- What’s in Store: A Vision for Healthier Retail Environments through Better Collaboration, American Journal of Law & Medicine
- This paper argues for increased collaboration on addressing tobacco, food, and alcohol in the retail environment as a way to improve the health of communities.
- Imagine the Store of the Future
- State level point-of-sale policy priority as a result of FSPTCA, Public Health AIMS
- According to surveys of state-level tobacco control practitioners, the importance of point of sale policies has grown for 75% of states since the passage of the 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act , which gave state and local governments the authority to regulate tobacco products in ways that restrict the time, place, and manner of tobacco advertising. However, competing tobacco control priorities such as smokefree laws and tobacco excise taxes and lack of capacity and funding have limited the ability of some states to work on point of sale tobacco control policies.
- Learn more about POS policy activity at the state level in the Point of Sale Report to the Nation.
- Public opinion about FDA regulation of menthol and nicotine, Tobacco Control
- This study showed greater support among smokers for reducing nicotine content in cigarettes compared to reducing or removing menthol. Overall, 79% of those surveyed supported reducing nicotine and 59.5% supported reducing or removing nicotine. Among smokers, 59.2% opposed eliminating menthol, whereas only 23.8% opposed reducing nicotine. African-American smokers, a group Big Tobacco has historically targeted with marketing of menthol products, were more supportive of eliminating menthol than non-African-American smokers (29% opposed compared to 62.3% of non- African-Americans opposed).
- Learn more about conducting public opinion surveys and more about disparities in point of sale advertising.
- Viewpoint: Big Tobacco and Drugstore Chains: A Long, Cozy Relationship, JAMA Oncology
- Learn more about the importance of Tobacco Free Pharmacies.
- Dissuasive cigarette sticks: the next step in standardized (‘plain’) packaging?, Tobacco Control
- Learn more about POS Health Warnings.
- Use of electronic nicotine delivery systems and other tobacco products among USA adults, 2014: results from a national survey, International Journal of Public Health
- Nearly 10% of adult e-cigarette use is among never smokers, while 22% of current e-cigarette users were former cigarette smokers. Half of all current cigarette smokers have tried e-cigarettes, while 20.7% currently use them.
- Learn more about e-cigarettes at the point of sale.
- Vital Signs: Exposure to Electronic Cigarette Advertising Among Middle and High School Students – United States, 2014, CDC MMWR
- Nearly 70% of middle and high school students were exposed to e-cigarette advertisements in 2014, and exposure was highest in the retail setting. This exposure to advertising may contribute to increased e-cigarette use among youth, indicating the need for strategies to regulate youth-oriented e-cigarette marketing and youth access where tobacco products are sold.
- Learn more about e-cigarettes at the point of sale.
- Monitoring the Future Study:
- Imperial Tobacco plans to change name to Imperial Brands, Reuters
- Reynolds, subsidiary face another additive-free claim lawsuit, Winston-Salem Journal
- Top Five Tobacco Stories of 2015, Tobacco E-news
- Blog: Five Tobacco Headlines for 2016, Tobacco E-news
POS Policy in the Media
Flavored Tobacco Restrictions
- St. Paul prohibits flavored tobacco at most stores, Star-Tribune
- Watertown Youth awarded $1K mini-grant to research big tobacco, Wicked Local Watertown
- Supervisors voice support for ban on flavored tobacco products,Davis Enterprise
- Rice County Public Health looks to update retail tobacco ordinance in 2016, Faribault Daily News
- NJ lawmakers OK raising smoking age to 21, NewJersery.com
- Boston Raises Age to Buy Tobacco and Nicotine Products to 21, Associated Press
- Chicago mayor to propose raising tobacco purchase age to 21, Chicago Tribune
- Swampscott raises smoking age to 21, Salem News
- Marion Board of Health: Smoking age to be upped locally, Wicked Local Rochester
- Independence becomes third area city to raise legal smoking age to 21, Kansas City Star
- Norwell tightens tobacco regulations, Wicked Local
- Southampton bans tobacco sales to those under 21, enacts other restrictions, Daily Hampshire Gazette
- Hawaii Becomes First State to Raise Smoking Age to 21, Huffington Post
- Somerville raises age to purchase tobacco to 21, Boston Globe
- Menthol Ban Among Sweeping Cigarette Reforms OK’d in Europe, Courthouse News
- Australia’s plain-packaging laws win challenge by tobacco giant Philip Morris, International Business Times
- The simple trick Australia is using to reduce smoking rates, Vox.com
- Big Tobacco Challenges U.K.’s Plain-Packaging Laws in High Court, Wall Street Journal
- EU Approves Plain Packaging for Cigarettes in Ireland, Wexford Echo
- Congress approves bill to require childproof packaging for ecigs,USA Today
- E-Cig’s Inconvenient Truth: It’s Much Safer to Vape, Rolling Stone
- Electronic cigarette ads ‘explicitly’ target kids, NYC Controller Scott Stringer says in letter to FTC, NY Daily News
- Mayor Emanuel and the Department of Public Health Announce Campaign to Reduce and Prevent Youth Vaping, City of Chicago
- Penn State study: E-cigarette safety claims going up in smoke,Penn Live
- E-cigarettes win approval as ‘a medicine’ in U.K., Digital Journal
- It’s Been a Bad Year for Big Tobacco, Huffington Post
- Cortland teens’ project exposes Big Tobacco, Cortland Voice
- Springfield hears from both sides on proposed cigar sale limits, Mass Live
- Students conduct tobacco assessment, Newton County Times
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