October 2023 News and Research Roundup

Cigarettes, Disparities, E-Cigarettes, Endgame, FDA, Flavors (including Menthol), Licensing, Little cigars/Cigarillos, Minimum price, Non-Tax Price Increases, Preemption, Product Availability, Retailer Density, Smokeless Tobacco and SNUS, 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

Point of Sale Tobacco Policy Evaluation

Point of Sale Tobacco Advertising

Nicotine Pouches 

  • Zyn pop-up retail spaceBrief report: Characterising advertising strategies and expenditures for conventional and newer smokeless tobacco products, Tobacco Control 
    • Advertising data from January 2018 – April 2020 show that during that time period, $71 million was spent on promoting smokeless tobacco products, with 63% of that total spent on conventional smokeless tobacco products, 25% of newer oral nicotine products, and 12% on snus. However, from August 2019 – April 2020, spending on newer oral nicotine products accelerated, with most of the advertising dollars being spent on those products. Most of the advertising was also in the national market. 
  • Brief report: Nicotine pouch product awareness, interest, and ever use among US adults who smoke, 2021, Tobacco Control 
    • A population-based survey of US adults who smoke, conducted in early 2021, shows that 29.2% had seen or heard of nicotine pouches, 5.6% had ever tried them, and 16.8% reported interest in trying them in the next 6 months. Those who were most aware of nicotine pouches were ages 18-44 and those who had ever used conventional smokeless tobacco. Those who were most interested in using nicotine pouches were adults who planned to quit smoking within 6 months, had attempted to quit smoking before using counseling or another tobacco product, and who had ever used nicotine pouches. Those with higher levels of education were less likely to ever use nicotine pouches and those who had attempted to quit before using traditional methods or who had ever used conventional smokeless tobacco products were more likely to ever use nicotine pouches. 


New Reports and Resources 

Industry News

POS Policy in the Media

Point of Sale Policy under State Preemption 

Menthol and Other Flavored Tobacco Products

Licensing, Zoning, and Retailer Density

Point of Sale Pricing Policies

Federal Regulation


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