FDA Issues Draft Compliance Policy for Flavored E-cigarettes and Cigars

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

On March 13, 2019, the FDA announced that they were issuing a draft compliance policy for flavored e-cigarettes & flavored cigars. Under this new compliance policy, the FDA would prioritize enforcement for:  Electronic Nicotine Delivery System (ENDS) products that are “offered for sale in ways that pose a greater risk for minors to access such products” … Read More

Reversing Preemption: A Colorado Case Study

Cigarettes, E-Cigarettes, Licensing, Policy Advocacy, Preemption, Store Assessments, Tobacco21, Webinars, Youth

Preemption is the way by which the authority of a “lower” level of government is limited by a “higher” level of government. The tobacco industry and its allies have continued to use preemptive strategies to deter efforts made especially at the local-level. Preemption is one of the biggest challenges in tobacco control and can impede … Read More

New FTC Reports Show Tobacco Companies Spent Over $7.3 Billion at the Point of Sale in 2017

Cigarettes, Displays/Display Ban, E-Cigarettes, Price Promotions, Product Placement, Smokeless Tobacco and SNUS

In 2017, the tobacco industry spent over $7.3 billion marketing and promoting cigarettes and smokeless tobacco at the point of sale (POS). These POS expenditures account for over 78% of the tobacco companies’ total marketing dollars spent on cigarettes and smokeless tobacco combined. These figures, recently released in the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Reports on Cigarettes and Smokeless Tobacco Sales and Marketing Expenditures … Read More

Tobacco 21 in Virginia

Licensing, Policy Advocacy, Tobacco21

On February 21, 2019, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam signed into law HB 2748, which makes Virginia the 7th state to joint the “Tobacco 21” club, along with over 425 cities and counties around the country. Raising the minimum legal sales age for tobacco products to 21 has the potential to help greatly reduce smoking rates. … Read More

February 2019 News and Research Roundup

Cigarettes, Disparities, Displays/Display Ban, E-Cigarettes, FDA, Flavors (including Menthol), Licensing, Pharmacies, Policy Advocacy, Preemption, Product Availability, Product Placement, Store Assessments, 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

“End Game” Proposals

Product Availability, Tobacco21

Endgame strategies have been defined as “initiatives designed to change/eliminate permanently the structural, political, and social dynamics that sustain the tobacco epidemic, in order to end it within a specific time.” [1]  As described in a tobacco endgame qualitative review and synthesis, “endgame” strategies move towards a tobacco-free future wherein the availability of commercial tobacco products is heavily … Read More

Tobacco Sales in Pharmacies: Walgreens “On Notice”

FDA, Pharmacies, Policy Advocacy

Earlier this month, the FDA issued at no tobacco sales order to a Walgreens in Miami Beach, FL for repeated tobacco sales to minors. However, Walgreens as a corporation also has a 22% overall violation rate for sales to minors, making it the top violator among pharmacies that sell tobacco products.FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb has written to Walgreens … Read More

January 2019 News and Research Roundup

Cigarettes, Disparities, Flavors (including Menthol), Licensing, Pharmacies, Product Availability, Retailer Density, Tobacco21

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

December 2018 News and Research Roundup

Cigarettes, Disparities, E-Cigarettes, FDA, Flavors (including Menthol), Health Warnings, Little cigars/Cigarillos, Product Availability, Smokeless Tobacco and SNUS, Stores Near Schools, Tobacco21, Vape Shops, 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

Counter Tobacco Podcast Episode 9 – Tobacco and America: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

E-Cigarettes, Licensing, Personal Narrative, Podcast, Preemption, Tobacco21, Youth

In this episode, we talk with Jake Wilson, a junior and statistics major at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who has been taking a service-learning course titled “Tobacco and America,” which “examines the complex significances of tobacco—a plant of great local importance to North Carolina—by placing it in a variety of historical, … Read More

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