News and Research Roundup

Disparities, E-Cigarettes, Flavors (including Menthol), Healthy Retailers, Pharmacies, Retailer Density, Stores Near Schools, Tobacco21

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

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Disparities, Density, and Proximity
  • Reducing Disparities in Tobacco Retailer Density by Banning Tobacco Product Sales Near Schools, Nicotine & Tobacco Research
    • A study examining tobacco retailer density in both Missouri and New York found that density was higher in low-income, racially diverse, and African-American neighborhoods. However, if a policy were put in place that banned tobacco retailers within 1000 feet of schools, most of the disparities in retailer density between neighborhoods would be eliminated. Learn more about disparities in retailer density.
  • Association Between Distance From Home to Tobacco Outlet and Smoking Cessation and Relapse, JAMA Internal Medicine
    • An analysis of two longitudinal studies of current smokers in Finland found that smokers who lived farther away from a tobacco outlet were more likely to successfully quit, where a 500 meter (1/3 mile) increase in the distance that the smoker lived from a tobacco outlet was associated with a 20% to 60% increase in the odds of quitting smoking. Walking distance to a tobacco outlet did not appear to influence relapse for ex-smokers.
    • News Story: Longer distance to tobacco shop tied to better odds of quitting, Reuters
  • Inequities in tobacco retailer sales to minors by neighborhood racial/ethnic composition, poverty and segregation, USA, 2015, Tobacco Control
    • An analysis of 2015 FDA inspections of tobacco retailers showed that retailers located in neighborhoods with a higher proportion of residents who were American Indian, Black, Latino, or poor were more likely to sell to minors. Retailers in neighborhoods with a higher proportion of residents who are White or aged 10-17 were less likely to sell to minors. The authors suggest that regulatory agencies should consider oversampling in areas where retailers are more likely to sell to minors, and that policies that reduce inequities in youth access to tobacco should be implemented.
  • Tobacco outlet density near home and school: Associations with smoking and norms among US teens, Preventive Medicine
    • This study found that 41% of teens in the US live within a half mile of a tobacco retail outlet, and 44.4% attended school within 1000 feet of a tobacco retail outlet. Regardless of income, African-American teens were more than twice as likely to live near a tobacco retailer. Teens who lived in areas with higher tobacco outlet density were more likely to have tried smoking, and more likely to think that more adults smoke. The authors emphasize the importance of policy interventions that focus on home neighborhood environments in addition to the environment around schools.
  • Learn more about licensing as a way to restrict where tobacco can be sold and reduce retailer density.

Tobacco and Pharmacies


New Reports

Industry News

POS Policy in the Media

Tobacco sold next to cessation products at a Walgreens
Tobacco sold next to cessation products at a Walgreens
Healthy Retailers and Retailer Reduction
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Menthol and Flavored Tobacco
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Advertisement for menthol cigarettes

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