October 2017 News and Research Roundup

E-Cigarettes, FDA, Flavors (including Menthol), Little cigars/Cigarillos, Minimum price, Non-Tax Price Increases, 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 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 

  • Young adult non-smokers’ exposure to real-world tobacco marketing: results of an ecological momentary assessment pilot study, BMC Research Notes
    • This study assessed momentary exposure to tobacco marketing among a group of 31 non-smoking young adults ages 18-25 and found that participants reported two momentary exposures on average over the course of a two-week period. However, exposure rates were three times higher among African-American participants and five times higher among Hispanic participants compared with white participants. Participants were also 15 times more likely to report exposure to tobacco marketing while in a store compared to when at home.
  • Podcast: The changing nicotine products landscape: time to outlaw sales of combustible tobacco products, Tobacco Control
    • This podcast discusses the “endgame” strategy of phasing out the sale of combustible tobacco products.
      Cheap little cigars/cigarillos and blunt wraps
  • Marijuana as a ‘concept’ flavor for cigar products: availability and price near California schools, Tobacco Control
    • About 62% of tobacco retailers near middle and high schools in California that sold little cigars/cigarillos had at least one form of marijuana co-marketing. Specifically, 53.2% of stores sold cigar wraps marketed as blunt wraps, 27.2% sold cigarillos marketed as blunts, and 26% sold at least one little cigar/cigarillo with a “marijuana” flavor. This type of co-marketing were more prevalent a in neighborhoods with more residents ages 5-17 and in lower income neighborhoods. While 87.9% of stores sold little cigars/cigarillos for less than $1, stores near schools in lower-income neighborhoods and neighborhoods with a lower percentage of Hispanic students were more likely to sell them in packs of 5 or 6, still for less than $1. Researchers conclude that this provides evidence in support of minimum prices for mulitpacks of little cigars/cigarillos.
    • Learn more about minimum pricing strategies.
  • A missing voice: the human rights of children to a tobacco-free environment, Tobacco Control
  • Public Knowledge and Credibility Perceptions of the FDA as a Tobacco Regulator, Nicotine & Tobacco Research
    • A nationally representative survey of US adults found that only 46.8% of participants knew that the FDA regulates how cigarettes are sold, 49.7% knew that the FDA regulates how cigarettes are advertised, and 36% knew that the FDA regulates how cigarettes are made. Overall, participants viewed the FDA as moderately credible. While knowledge about the FDA as a tobacco regulator did not vary much by demographic group, knowledge of the FDA as a tobacco regulator and trust in government were the greatest predictors of viewing the FDA as credible. In addition, participants who were younger, white, and male were more likely to view the FDA as credible. These results indicate that increasing knowledge of the FDA’s role in regulating tobacco may also improve views of the agency’s credibility and improve how messages from the FDA are received.
  • U.S. Adult Interest in Less Harmful and Less Addictive Hypothetical Modified Risk Tobacco Products, Nicotine & Tobacco Research
    • An analysis of data from the 2015 Health Information National Trends Survey found that about half of current smokers were “somewhat” or “very” likely to try hypothetical Modified Risk Tobacco Products (MRTP) that claim to be less harmful or less addictive. About a tenth of former and never smokers were interested in these products. More interest was shown from female smokers, former smokers with lower perceptions of smoking harm, and never smokers who are younger and have lower levels of education
flavored e-cigarettes

Industry News 

POS Policy in the Media 


Menthol tobacco may be restricted to adult-only stores in St. Paul, MN

Menthol and Other Flavored Tobacco Products

Tobacco 21 



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