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ASPiRE D&I Pilot Research Program accepting applications

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The ASPiRE Center is awarding pilot grants of $10,000 each for the 2022-2023 grant cycle to fund developmental or early stage work, with the purpose of advancing D&I science and building capacity for D&I research in evidence-based tobacco retail policy. More information and downloadable application materials are available here. [...]

CAB partner Counter Tools & ChangeLab Solutions publish Tobacco Point of Sale Preemption Playbook

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This new resource will equip tobacco prevention and control staff with the knowledge, context, and resources to understand how preemption influences their work. Readers will learn about different forms of preemption, key steps and legal considerations for determining local authority, and strategies communities are using to make progress despite preemption of local point-of-sale policies. Read [...]

Broad support for restrictions on tobacco product placement

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Researchers including National Cancer Institute (NCI) Project Officer Annette Kaufman and former Project Officer Bob Vollinger used the NCI 2020 Health Information National Trends Survey to examine public opinion of proposed restrictions on tobacco product placement and advertising at point-of-sale and on social media. The authors found broad support—for example, 60% of U.S. adults support [...]

Hookah lounges, vape shops, and tobacco retailers cluster near California colleges

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Previous studies inferred that hookah lounges and vape shops cluster near colleges from evidence of greater density and closer proximity to campuses. However, this study, including ASPiRE’s Nina Schleicher and Lisa Henriksen, developed a new approach to test for spatial clustering. The authors compared the observed locations of hookah lounges, vape shops and all tobacco [...]

Point-of-sale bans associated with increased cessation

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This study, co-authored by ASPiRE CAB member Geoffrey Fong, analyzed the effects of Canadian point-of-sale (POS) tobacco display bans on quit attempts and smoking cessation. The study found that adults who smoke cigarettes and were living in a province with a POS ban in place for at least two years had a greater chance of [...]

CAB member rejects “sleeping with the enemy”

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TIME Magazine recently published a story about the tobacco industry’s funding of controversial tobacco-prevention programs in schools, which public health experts say don’t work and promote the idea that tobacco giants really care about kids. In January, Malcolm Ahlo, our ASPiRE CAB member in Las Vegas, was offered the chance to apply for a grant [...]

Secret pacts between tobacco companies and retailers are a bad bargain for public health

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Tobacco companies handsomely incentivize retailers around the world to follow harsh requirements related to selling and marketing tobacco products through contracts that fly under the radar of both consumers and policymakers. These agreements allow tobacco manufacturers to give their products primary placement in stores, discount their pricing and target specific demographics. Such rigorous control undermines [...]