October 2020 Flavor Ban Action in California

Cigarettes, E-Cigarettes, Flavors (including Menthol), Pharmacies, Product Availability

Local jurisdictions in California continue to push for bans on the sale of flavored tobacco products, amidst an uncertain timeline and outcome of the statewide ban. Mill Valley approved an ordinance prohibiting the sale of flavored tobacco products, including flavored e-cigarettes and menthol cigarettes, but exempting hookah tobacco sold at 21+ locations. The bill also bans the sale … Read More

Counter Tobacco Podcast Episode 22: Equity in Point-of-Sale Tobacco Control

Advertising Restictions, Cigarettes, Disparities, Flavors (including Menthol), Licensing, Minimum price, Non-Tax Price Increases, Podcast, Price Promotions, Product Availability, Retailer Density, Stores Near Schools, Youth

This episode is all about working towards health equity with point-of-sale tobacco control. We discuss some of the drivers behind inequities in tobacco use and related morbidities and mortality, and how we can use a pro-equity approach to plan, implement, and enforce policies that allow all individuals and all communities a fair and just opportunity … Read More

October 2020 News and Research Roundup

Advertising Restictions, Cigarettes, Disparities, E-Cigarettes, FDA, Flavors (including Menthol), International, Minimum price, Non-Tax Price Increases, Price Promotions, Product Availability, Tobacco21, Youth

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 … Read More

Consortium of Public Health Organizations Release Statement on Addressing Systemic Racism in Commercial Tobacco Control Enforcement

Disparities, Flavors (including Menthol), Licensing, Policy Advocacy, Preemption

  A consortium of over 30 public health organizations recently released a joint statement on equitable tobacco control enforcement. Titled “Tobacco Control Enforcement for Racial Equity: Decriminalizing Commercial Tobacco – Addressing Systemic Racism in the Enforcement of Commercial Tobacco Control,” the document sets forth “aspirational principles to help local and state health departments, decisionmakers, advocates … Read More

Tobacco Retailer Licenses Passed in Pleasanton & Sebastopol, CA

Cigarettes, E-Cigarettes, Flavors (including Menthol), Large Cigars, Licensing, Little cigars/Cigarillos, Minimum pack size, Minimum price, Non-Tax Price Increases, Pharmacies, Price Promotions, Product Availability, Retailer Density, Smokeless Tobacco and SNUS, Stores Near Schools, Youth

  Pleasanton, CA recently established a tobacco retailer license (TRL), which will go into effect on January 1, 2021.The TRL bans the sale of flavored tobacco products and prevents new tobacco retailers from setting up shop within 1,000 feet of a public school, park, or recreation center. As well, the TRL establishes minimum prices and minimum … Read More

September 2020 Local Legislative Updates on Sales of Flavored Tobacco Products

Cigarettes, E-Cigarettes, Flavors (including Menthol), Little cigars/Cigarillos, Product Availability, Smokeless Tobacco and SNUS, Youth

  Flavor bans have made quite a few headlines in September 2020. In California, Governor Newsom officially signed into law Senate Bill 793, prohibiting the sale of most tobacco products with ‘characterizing flavor’, meaning the presence of a distinguishable taste or aroma other than tobacco. However, the tobacco industry continues to fight against the new … Read More

Counter Tobacco Podcast Episode 21: On Your Radar – September Spotlight on Flavor Bans

Cigarettes, E-Cigarettes, FDA, Flavors (including Menthol), Podcast, Product Availability

‘On Your Radar’ is a new episode format designed to put the most relevant and recent news stories and research on countering tobacco product sales, promotions, and marketing in the retail environment on your radar. This episode spotlights flavor bans. From the West Coast (California) to the Midwest (Edina and Fridley, MN & Chicago, IL), … Read More

September 2020 News and Research Roundup

Cigarettes, Disparities, E-Cigarettes, Flavors (including Menthol), Health Warnings, Licensing, Non-Tax Price Increases, Product Availability, Retailer Density, Tobacco21, Youth

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 … Read More

Highlights from the Convenience Store News 2020 Tobacco Report

Advertising Restictions, Cigarettes, Disparities, E-Cigarettes, Licensing, Minimum pack size, Minimum price, Non-Tax Price Increases, Product Availability, Retailer Density, Smokeless Tobacco and SNUS

  Despite public health and legislative successes in tobacco control policy over the recent years, tobacco products maintain a dominant presence in the retail environment and in convenience stores in particular. The “Tobacco Deep Dive” Convenience Store News 2020 Industry Report provides meaningful insights on trends in tobacco sales within the convenience store sector and from … Read More

California’s Ban on the Sale of Flavored Tobacco Products

Cigarettes, Disparities, E-Cigarettes, Flavors (including Menthol), Little cigars/Cigarillos, Product Availability, Youth

  On August 28, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law Senate Bill 793, prohibiting the sale of most flavored tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes. Effective January 1, 2021, tobacco products with a ‘characterizing flavor’, defined as the presence of a distinguishable taste or aroma other than tobacco, can no longer be sold in … Read More

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