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!
Youth Exposure to POS Marketing
- Sociodemographic Disparities in Proximity of Schools to Tobacco Outlets and Fast-Food Restaurants, American Journal of Public Health
- More tobacco outlets were located near schools with greater numbers of Black, Hispanic, and low-income students compared to schools with greater numbers of White students. More fast food outlets were located near schools with greater numbers of Hispanic and low-income students. Every 10% increase in the number of low-income and Hispanic students enrolled in a school led a 3% to 5% increase in the odds of the school having both a fast-food restaurant and a tobacco outlet nearby
- News Story: Tobacco, fast food in easier reach of minority and low-income students, Reuters
- Learn more about disparities in retailer density.
- Point-of-Sale Tobacco Marketing to Youth in New York State, Journal of Adolescent Health
- According to data from the 2011 New York Retail Advertising Tobacco Study (RATS) and 2010 census data, retailers located in neighborhoods with a greater proportion of youth residents were more likely to offer menthol (Newport Green) price promotions (reduced price or buy-one-get-one-free offers) compared to retailers located in neighborhoods with a lower proportion of youth residents. The authors suggest that bans on the sale of flavored products, including menthol and price discount bans could help reduce youth exposure to tobacco marketing and ultimately reduce youth smoking.
- Learn more about tobacco marketing to youth.
- Disparities in Adult Cigarette Smoking – United States, 2002-2005 and 2010-2013, CDC MMWR
- News Story: Smoking Rates Still High in Some Racial Groups, CDC Reports, HealthDay
- Learn more about disparities in point of sale advertising and retailer density.
- Framing social determinants of health within the professional public health community: research translation and implications for policy change, Journal of Applied Communication Research
POS Health Warnings
- The impact of strengthening cigarette pack warnings: Systematic review of longitudinal observational studies, Social Science & Medicine
- In countries that strengthened their health warnings on cigarette packs, knowledge increased in all 12 studies, and quit line calls increased in 4 out of 6 studies, and smoking prevalence decreased in 6 out of 9 studies.
- Learn more about POS Health Warnings.
- Tobacco industry response to menthol cigarette bans in Alberta and Nova Scotia, Canada, Tobacco Control
- News story: Menthol-like cigarettes still sold in Canada despite ban, Medical Xpress
- FCTC followed by accelerated implementation of tobacco advertising bans, Tobacco Control
- Can E-cigarette Ads Undermine Former Smokers? An Experimental Study, Tobacco Regulatory Science
- News from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Adults Join Kids in e-Cigarette Use, JAMA
- Running the Numbers: Raising the minimum tobacco sales age to 21 will reduce tobacco use and improve public health, Ohio State University
- Advisory Note: Banning Menthol in Tobacco Products, WHO Study Group on Tobacco Product Regulation
- How Do You Measure Up? A Progress Report on State Legislative Activity to Reduce Cancer Incidence and Mortality, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network
- Japan Tobacco Bringing Low-Priced Cigarette Brand to U.S., CSP Daily News
- Tobacco companies drop nearly $17 million into anti-tax campaign, Sacramento Bee
- FDA Issues Not Substantially Equivalent Order on Maverick Menthol Product, CSP Daily News
- 6 Retail Tobacco Insights From Wells Fargo’s ‘Tobacco Talk’ Survey, CSP Daily News
- Altria’s Companies Prepare for Deeming Rule Compliance, Convenience Store News
- Circle K Rolls Out Exclusive Brand of Cigarettes, Convenience Store News
- 8 in the Rearview Mirror, CSP Daily News
POS Policy in the Media
- Tobacco Sales and Neighborhood Income in Philadelphia, Medium.com
- In hard-hitting ad campaign, Philly targets tobacco industry marketing practices, Philadelphia Inquirer
- Twin Cities Advocates Call Out Menthol Tobacco in New Video, WCCO
- North Attleboro teen lobbies national leaders on tobacco control, Sun Chronicle
- No Logo: Big Tobacco’s controversial, ailing crusade against plain packaging, The Economist
- LETTER: Limit kids’ access to flavored tobacco, Sentinel & Enterprise
- Big Tobacco uses store ads, displays to target kids, Missoulian
- Youth advocate for kids against tobacco, Norman Transcript
- Making cigarette sticks unattractive next step for plain packaging, Medical Xpress
- Will plain-packaged smokes help bring about the ‘endgame’ for tobacco, Ottawa Citizen
- Stub you: How a tobacco giant is bypassing packaging rules, Fraser Coast Chronicle
E-Cigarettes and Vape Shops
- Up In Smoke: Legislation vaporized Indiana e-cig shops, NWI Times
- Vaping now more popular than smoking among Texas teenagers, My Statesman
- UNC Study finds more youths experimenting with e-cigs, Winston-Salem Journal
- Low cost, flavors, convenience turn teens on to vaping: study, Reuters
- E-cigarette makers rush new products to market ahead of U.S. rules, Reuters
- Town of North Hempstead sets rules for vape shop locations, Island Now
- Ann Arbor is the first city in Michigan to raise tobacco purchase age to 21, Ann Arbor News
- Schenectady County bans tobacco sales to those under 21, Times Union
- Tobacco 21 rules spread quickly, reaching majority of KC metro area, Kansas City Star
- Holbrook raises tobacco age to 21, Boston Globe
- ‘Tobacco 21’ efforts continue without support of committee, ABC 17 News
- How La Verne wants to discourage children from smoking, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
- Steele County Board approves revised tobacco ordinance, SouthernMinn.com
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