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!
Flavored Tobacco Products
- A discarded cigar package survey in New York City: indicators of non-compliance with local flavoured tobacco restrictions, Tobacco Control
Researchers evaluated potential non-compliance with a 2009 New York City ban on the sale of flavored non-cigarette tobacco products by surveying discarded cigar, cigarillo, and blunt wrappers. From August to October 2016, research staff collected 886 packages over 94 blocks and found that 1 in 5 was explicitly flavored (e.g. Grape, “Sweet”) and 1 in 3 was explicitly or implicitly/concept flavored (e.g. Blue-Mixx), highlighting the prevalence of flavored cigars in Manhattan despite the policy reducing their sale. Learn more about flavored tobacco products.
- Modelling the impact of menthol sales restrictions and retailer density reduction policies: insights from tobacco town Minnesota, Tobacco Control
- Using simulations, researchers projected the impact of tobacco control policies on increasing the direct and indirect costs of purchasing tobacco products; they found that limiting the sale of all cigarettes or solely menthol cigarettes to tobacco specialty shops could have the greatest effect on total costs of the products, though passing this policy in conjunction with one to reduce retailer density would likely heighten the impact and potentially equalize costs across communities and populations. Learn more about retailer density restrictions.
Licensing and Retailer Density
- Retail outlets prompt associative memories linked to the repeated use of nicotine and tobacco products among alternative high school students in California, Addictive Behaviors
- A cohort study of students from alternative high schools in California found that images of tobacco retail outlets such as gas stations, convenience stores, and liquor stores prompted implicit associations in memory that increased students’ repeated use of tobacco products, suggesting tobacco retail outlets may act as environmental cues that trigger tobacco use. Learn more about restricting the number and location of retail outlets.
- Understanding why some Australian retailers have stopped selling tobacco, some might and some are unlikely, Tobacco Control
- In Australia, researchers interviewed managers of randomly selected retailers that would typically sell tobacco to evaluate reasons for discontinued or continued sale of tobacco products. The most common reasons for both continued and discontinued sale were related to profits and other financial reasons, though some evidence also suggested tobacco regulations encouraged some retailers to discontinue the sale of tobacco; researchers have used these findings to suggest that fee-based annual licenses may reduce tobacco retailer prevalence by prompting retailers to reconsider their decision to sell tobacco products on an annual basis. Learn more about tobacco retailer licensing.
- A longitudinal cohort study of youth (ages 12-17 years) and young adults (ages 18-29 years) found that, in both age groups, recall of retail store-based ENDS marketing was associated with higher odds of ENDS initiation up to 2.5 years later; as well, recall of ENDS-related marketing on television was associated with subsequent ENDS use in young adults. Learn more about e-cigarettes at the point of sale.
- News story: Study: Teens more likely to vape after seeing store ads, AAP News
- The role of flavors in vaping initiation and satisfaction among U.S. adults, Addictive Behaviors
- An online quantitative survey conducted in 2016 found that nearly two-thirds of current e-cigarette users in the sample used flavors other than tobacco, and that flavored products were a common reason for vaping initiation. Flavors, particularly fruit flavors, were more likely to motivate initiation in young adults (18-24 years of age) than older adults (35-44 years of age); as well, those who vaped flavored products had higher odds of both reporting high vaping satisfaction and self-perceived vaping addiction. Learn more about e-cigarettes at the point of sale.
- News story: Study finds flavors play a role in initiation, addiction to e-cigarette use, Medical Xpress
- Retailers Should Build Relationships with Local Lawmakers, CSP Daily News
- As concerns rise over youth vaping, Juul quickly puts together an army of lobbyists, Kasu
- Big tobacco keeps starting ‘grassroots’ Facebook campaigns, Engadget
- Juul sharing customer info with PR firm to find vaping ‘success stories’, San Francisco Chronicle
- Philip Morris International and Altria call off $200 billion merger, Forbes
- Juul says its chief executive is stepping down, accepts proposed ban on flavored vaping products, Washington Post
- Federal prosecutors conducting criminal probe of Juul, Wall Street Journal
- Marlboro cigarette giant to test ‘heat no burn’ tobacco in Atlanta, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
POS Policy in the Media
- FDA issues proposed rule for premarket tobacco product applications as part of commitment to continuing strong oversight of e-cigarettes and other tobacco products, FDA
- US Senators send letters to pharmacies to urge stop on tobacco sales amid vaping epidemic, KHQA
- Fort Lauderdale Passes Ordinance Raising Age For Tobacco Sales to 21, CBS Miami
- Forest Lake council approves Tobacco 21, other ordinance changes, Forest Lake Times
- Smyrna outlaws smoking for under-21s, Marietta Daily Journal
- Paul poised to raise tobacco buying age to 21, Star Tribune
- It’s official: Walgreens will no longer sell tobacco to anyone under 21-years old, ABC 12
- Colorado lawmakers consider raising vaping and smoking age to 21 statewide, Denver Post
- Denver bill raising age to buy tobacco moves forward, Fox 31
- Goodyear raises minimum tobacco purchasing age to 21 years, KGUN9
- Senate approves bill to raise smoking age, Indiana Gazette
- Hermiston city council to consider tobacco retail licensing Monday, East Oregonian
- County could license tobacco retailers, Daily Astorian
- County eyes steep tobacco tax, raising purchase age to 21, Vail Daily
- Freemont council votes to ban all flavored tobacco products, including menthol, East Bay Times
- Newton City Commission raises minimum age to buy tobacco, KSN
Menthol and Other Flavored Tobacco Products
- Government will propose banning flavors used in e-cigarettes, AP News
- Boston cracks down on vaping with changes to tobacco, nicotine regulations, Boston 25
- legislation would ban flavored tobacco products, Baltimore Sun
- State’s flavored e-cigarette ban to now include menthol, Spectrum Local News
- Boulder bans flavored e-cigarettes, nicotine sales, will ask voters for 40% tax, Daily Camera
- Yonkers Officials Look to Ban Sale of Flavored E- Cigarette Products, WCBS
- Redondo bans flavored tobacco, public smoking, Easy Reader News
- Albany County Legislature continues to look at ban on flavored tobacco products, WNYT
- Panel approves ban on sale of flavored e-cigs in New York, ABC News
- Mint, menthol e-cigarette liquids high in cancer-causing compound: study, Physician’s Weekly
- More Cape Cod towns restrict flavored tobacco vape sales, Cape Cod Times
- Illinois House Bill Would Ban Flavored Tobacco, E-Cigarette Products, Illinois Policy
- Five things to know about the deadly vaping illnesses, The Hill
- E-cigs can trigger same lung changes seen in smokers, emphysema, EurekAlert!
- As the number of vaping-related deaths climb, these states have implemented e-cigarette bans, Time
- Bipartisan bill proposes banning flavored e-cigarettes amid vaping crisis, ABC News
- Romney, Merkley introduce bill that would tax vaping industry and ban flavored e-cigarettes, CNBC
- C. attorney general sues eight more electronic cigarette groups, Winston-Salem Journal
- Juul-funded group takes legal action against SF over ballot measure, San Francisco Chronicle
- FTC is reportedly investigating Juul’s marketing practices, CNBC
- Juul commits $100 million to new cash register system that blocks underage, bulk sales, San Francisco Chronicle
- Advocates say state vape law restricts local e-cigarette efforts,3 THV 11
- Juul illegally called its e-cigarette safer than smoking, FDA says, Los Angeles Times
- FDA questions whether Juul withheld documents from the agency in ongoing probe, CNBC
- Richmond bans sale of e-cigarettes, Mercury News
- Vaping-related disease spurs calls for tighter rules in Congress, Politico
- What new federal action on e-cigarettes means for Juul, San Francisco Chronicle
- A Ban on Flavored E-Cigarettes Would Sharply Cut Sales, New York Times
- Lightfoot Proposes Citywide ban on Flavored E-Cigarette Products, WTTW
- Walmart to stop selling all e-cigarettes, The Wall Street Journal
- Baker declares 4-month ban on vaping product sales, WGBH
- Exchange to pull e-cigarettes, vape products from stores amid health concerns, com
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