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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 [...]

Cheaper tobacco product prices at US Air Force Bases compared with surrounding community areas, 2019

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This study with ASPiRE authors Kong, Golden, Ribisl, and Vandegrift evaluates compliance with a US Department of Defense (DoD) policy requiring stores on military bases to set tobacco prices comparable to stores in the surrounding community. The authors conducted store audits of 23 on-base and 50 off-base retailers in Texas. They found the median price of [...]

Cigar ad content at stores near middle schools, high schools in California

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Ads for little cigars that implied health claims and featured premium branding and sensory descriptors were found by researchers in retail settings near schools. Although the FDA prohibits using inaccurate, reduced-risk descriptors on tobacco product advertising, researchers visiting 530 retailers near California middle and high schools photographed and content analyzed cigar ads, finding 44% of [...]

Improved compliance with tobacco age-of-sale signage needed near colleges and universities

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A study co-authored by Henriksen and ASPiRE researchers Monika Vishwakarma, Trent Johnson, and Nina Schleicher examined compliance at 614 California vape shops with state-mandated age-of-sale signs, the presence of age-of-entry signs, and the tobacco industry’s “We Card” sign in 2019. The researchers found that compliance with the age-of-sale sign was 69.4%, with vape-only stores less [...]