Counter Tobacco Podcast logoThe Counter Tobacco podcast is a pre-produced, interview and research-based podcast dedicated to the eight million people that die from tobacco-related causes each year. This podcast aims to highlight the role the tobacco industry’s influence at the point of sale plays in tobacco use and tobacco-related harm. Episodes range from deep dives into how the tobacco industry targets different groups of people to coverage of what’s being done today to counter tobacco sales and marketing in the retail environment.  

View the list of episodes below, or subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, or LibSyn.

Counter Tobacco Podcast Episode 31: Contracts between Tobacco Retailers and Tobacco Companies: Impact on the Retail Environment

In this episode, we’re talking about contracts between tobacco retailers and tobacco companies and their impact on the retail environment with our guest, Allie Reimold, MA. Allie is a doctoral … Read More

Counter Tobacco Podcast Episode 30: Tobacco Point of Sale Preemption

In this episode, we’re talking all about preemption. Earlier this year, along with our partners at ChangeLab Solutions, we published a resource on this topic called the Tobacco Point of … Read More

Counter Tobacco Podcast Episode 29: Tobacco-Related Assurances of Voluntary Compliance

In this episode, we provide a primer on tobacco-related Assurance of Voluntary Compliance (AVC), which are legally binding and enforceable agreements between companies (i.e. big tobacco retailers) and one or … Read More

Counter Tobacco Podcast Episode 28: Store Assessments

Store assessments are visits to retail tobacco stores to document and collect data on what tobacco products are being sold and how they are being marketed and promoted in your … Read More

Counter Tobacco Podcast Episode 27: Point-of-Sale Pricing Policies

In this episode, we talk about point-of-sale pricing policies, meaning ways to raise the price of tobacco sold in retail stores. Raising prices is one of the most effective ways … Read More

Counter Tobacco Podcast Episode 26: Nicotine Pouches and Other “Modern” Oral Nicotine Products

In this quick primer of an episode, we talk about nicotine pouches like “Zyn” and other so-called “modern” oral nicotine products, how they are being marketed and sold in the … Read More

Counter Tobacco Podcast Episode 25: Endgame

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 … Read More

Counter Tobacco Podcast Episode 24: Equitable Enforcement in Commercial Tobacco Control Policy

In this episode, we talk with Natasha Phelps, a Lead Senior Staff Attorney at the Public Health Law Center, about the recent statement on “Decriminalizing Commercial Tobacco: Addressing Systemic Racism … Read More

Counter Tobacco Podcast Episode 23: The Tobacco Control Vaccine Booster

In this episode, we talk with Dr. Amanda Kong, one of the authors of a recent paper “Boosting the Tobacco Control Vaccine: recognizing the role of the retail environment in … Read More

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

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 … Read More

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

‘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 … Read More

Counter Tobacco Podcast Episode 20: On Your Radar – August Part 2

“On Your Radar” is a new episode format, where we release two mini-episodes – one halfway through the month, one at the end of the month – that provide you … Read More

Counter Tobacco Podcast Episode 19: On Your Radar – August Part 1

“On Your Radar” is a new episode format, where we release two mini-episodes – one halfway through the month, one at the end of the month – that provide you … Read More

Counter Tobacco Podcast Episode 18: Heated Tobacco Products

This episode is designed to answer all your questions about heated tobacco products, or as the industry refers to them, “heat-not-burn” products. This episode covers their design and safety, assesses … Read More

Counter Tobacco Podcast Episode 17: ‘Authentic Voices’ – An Interview with Shaun Pryor

This episode is the first in what we hope will be a new series called, ‘Authentic Voices’, where we speak with individuals in communities across the US to hear how … Read More

Counter Tobacco Podcast Episode 16: Tobacco-Free Pharmacies

Pharmacies are licensed healthcare facilities uniquely positioned to provide healthcare services and health advice directly to community members across the US. Yet, many pharmacies still widely promote and sell tobacco … Read More

Counter Tobacco Podcast Episode 15: Tobacco Retailer Licensing

Tobacco retail licenses (TRLs) are one of the most lasting and effective strategies in tobacco control. In addition to letting states and localities know who is selling tobacco, licensing is … Read More

Counter Tobacco Podcast Episode 14: The Tobacco Industry’s Targeting of Low SES Communities

The tobacco industry spends over $9 billion dollars each year marketing cigarettes and smokeless tobacco in the United States. This episode dives into the ways in which the industry allocates … Read More

Counter Tobacco Podcast Episode 13: A Look at the Federal Flavor Ban & Tobacco 21

Over the past few months, we’ve seen a lot of changes to the regulatory environment surrounding tobacco products. This episode highlights the new federal flavor ban and Tobacco 21 law, … Read More

Counter Tobacco Podcast Episode 12: Counter Tools’ Executive Director Maria Julian & Her Vision of the Future

In this episode, we speak with Counter Tools’ new Executive Director, Maria Julian. Learn about her visions for the future of Counter Tools and Counter Tobacco.org and hear what she … Read More

Counter Tobacco Podcast Episode 11: Hookah Tobacco at the Point of Sale

In this episode, we take a closer look at hookah. Learn about general trends in hookah tobacco use, hookah industry marketing and promotional strategies at the point of sale and point … Read More

Counter Tobacco Podcast Episode 10: Tobacco 21

In this episode, we interview Katherine Ungar, Executive Director of the Preventing Tobacco Addiction Foundation. Learn about how interest in policies raising the minimum legal sales age to 21 (or … Read More

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

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 … Read More

On the Counter Tobacco Podcast: Interview with Dr. Melissa Little on POS Tobacco and the Military

As a follow-up to our webinar on the Intersection of POS Tobacco Use and the Military, we had the privilege of talking to Dr. Melissa Little, Assistant Professor in the … Read More

Counter Tobacco Podcast Episode 6: African-American Tobacco Use and Industry Targeting

On this episode of the Counter Tobacco Podcast, we continue our discussion at how different aspects of people’s lives are used by Big Tobacco and ultimately, how we can stop … Read More

Counter Tobacco Podcast Episode 5: LGBTQ Tobacco Use

On this episode of the Counter Tobacco Podcast, we begin our discussion at how different aspects of people’s lives are used by big tobacco and ultimately, how we can stop … Read More

Counter Tobacco Podcast Episode 4: Vaping

There’s a new product in town and it’s certainly becoming popular. This episode of the Counter Tobacco podcast explores the new trend of vaping, including how e-cigarettes work and who … Read More

Counter Tobacco Podcast Episode 3: Tobacco’s Replacement Smokers

This episode of the Counter Tobacco podcast continues our previous discussion on how the tobacco industry views young people as “replacement smokers”, including some of the tactics they use to … Read More

Counter Tobacco Podcast Episode 2:  National Tobacco Prevention Campaigns

Episode 2:  National Tobacco Prevention Campaigns The war on tobacco rages on.  So who’s on our side? This episode of the Counter Tobacco podcast explores some of the national tobacco … Read More

Introducing the Counter Tobacco Podcast! Episode 1: The War in the Store

The Counter Tobacco Podcast is a pre-produced, interview and research-based podcast dedicated to the six million people that die from tobacco related causes each year worldwide. There are so many … Read More

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