September 2021 News and Research Roundup

Disparities, E-Cigarettes, Endgame, FDA, Flavors (including Menthol), Policy Advocacy, Retailer Density

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 Retailer Density


  • Young Adult E-cigarette Use and Retail Exposure in 6 US Metropolitan Areas, Tobacco Regulatory Science
    • ads for Juul and Vuse in a retailer windowA study of 3006 young adults across Atlanta, GA; Boston, MA; Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN; Oklahoma City, OK; San Diego, OK; and Seattle, WA found that over two-thirds of participants (68.6%) were exposed to e-cigarette advertising. Nearly three-quarters (72.9%) of participants who used e-cigarettes reported exposure to e-cigarette advertising. Vape shops were the most common place participants who used e-cigarettes reporting buying products (44.7%), followed by online (18.2%). Only 34.2% of participants who used e-cigarettes reported “almost always” being asked for age verification.
  • Restricting the Sale of Electronic Nicotine Delivery System Flavors, Pediatrics
    • This advocacy case study of two potential bills restricting or banning the sale of flavored e-cigarette products found that, “strong partnerships with officials who had expertise in local town government, local American Academy of Pediatrics chapter physician champions, and a diverse coalition were instrumental in motivating smaller governments, which often pass legislation faster than larger legislatures, to create child-protective tobacco policies.”
    • View a video summarizing the study and findings here.

Menthol and Other Flavored Tobacco Products


Industry News

POS Policy in the Media

Menthol and Other Flavored Tobacco Products

Federal Regulation


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