November 2017 News and Research Roundup

Advertising Restictions, Cigarettes, Disparities, Displays/Display Ban, E-Cigarettes, Flavors (including Menthol), Health Warnings, Licensing, Little cigars/Cigarillos, Price Promotions, Stores Near Schools, Tobacco21, Youth

 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

  • Tobacco Product Use Among Adults – United States, 2015, CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
    • According to data from the National Health Interview Survey, in 2015, 20.1% of US adults used tobacco products daily, 15.1% used cigarettes, and 17.6% used any kind of combustible tobacco product. However, disparities in tobacco use rates continue, with higher rates among those with lower levels of income or education, those living with disabilities or serious psychological distress, as well as among those who identify as LGB and among various racial/ethnic groups (with the highest rates among non-Hispanic AI/AN at 26.6%). 
  • Tobacco Use Among Working Adults – United States, 2014-2016, CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
    • According to data from the National Health Interview Survey, rates of tobacco use differ by industry and occupation. From 2014-2016, the lowest rates of use were found among those in the education services industry (11%) and in life, physical, and social science occupations, while the highest rates of use were found among those in the construction industry (34.3%) and those in installation, maintenance, and repair occupations.
    • News story: CDC: 1 in 5 U.S. Workers Use Tobacco Products, MedPage Today
  • The Association of Menthol Cigarette Use With Quit Attempts, Successful Cessation, and Intention to Quit Across Racial/Ethnic Groups in the United States, Nicotine & Tobacco Research 
    • This study, which analyzed survey data from 54,448 active smokers (current smokers or former smokers who quit less than 12 months ago) found that African-Americans who smoked menthol cigarettes had higher odds of quit attempts than African-American non-menthol smokers and higher odds of quit attempts than non-African-American, non-menthol smokers. However, despite more quit attempts, they did not have any higher odds of successful cessation. Researchers suggest that interventions targeting African-American smokers may help reduce this disparity, including local sales restrictions, policies that restrict price discounting, and policies that restrict the time, place, and/or manner of menthol tobacco advertising. Learn more about menthol tobacco products.
  • Should the Legal Age for Tobacco be Raised? Results From a National Sample of AdolescentsPreventing Chronic Disease 
    • A national telephone survey of 1,125 US adolescents aged 13-17 years conducted from November 2014 through June 2015 found that 76.4% supported raising the minimum age of legal access to tobacco products to 21. In addition, 75.7% supported raising the age to 19, and 80.6% supported raising the age to 20. These results show that adolescents, who would most affected by a policy raising the legal age, consistently support the policy. Even among adolescents classified as susceptible to future smoking, more than half supporting raising the age. Learn more about Tobacco 21
  • Recall of Point-of-Sale Marketing Predicts Cigar and E-Cigarette Use among Texas Youth, Nicotine & Tobacco Research
    • Data from the Texas Adolescent Tobacco Advertising and Marketing Surveillance System show that of 6th, 8th, and 10th graders who reported visiting a store near their school in the past month, over half noticed seeing tobacco advertisements or displays. Students who recalled seeing displays of e-cigarettes had increased susceptibility to e-cigarette use six months and those who recalled seeing signs marketing e-cigarettes had increases in susceptibility for e-cigarettes use and were more likely to report ever-use six months later. Those who noticed marketing of cigars and displays of cigars were more likely to use or have tried cigars six months later.
  • Influence of Natural American Spirit advertising on current and former smokers’ perceptions and intentions, Tobacco Control
    • This study used content analysis, focus groups, and surveys to examine the effects of exposure to advertisements for Native American Spirit cigarettes. Exposure to advertisements led to inaccurate beliefs about the health effects and safety of using the products and more positive attitudes towards the products. Through this pathway, exposure to misleading claims about health, safety, and the composition of the cigarettes lead to increased intentions to use the cigarettes.


New Reports 

Industry News 

Advertisement for heated tobacco product IQOS, taken in Germany

POS Policy in the Media 

Tobacco Retailer Licensing

Tobacco 21

Menthol and other Flavored Tobacco Products

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