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Tobacco 21 goes nationwide, but …

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Federal rules went into effect on Dec. 20 setting the minimum age at 21 for tobacco purchases nationwide.  However, the Public Law Health Center (PHLC), an ASPiRE CAB organizational member, advised that because state and local authorities won’t have the power to enforce the federal rules, efforts to pass Tobacco 21 at the state and [...]

Mapping tobacco pricing

Law Atlas has created an interactive map with state-level statutes and regulations that affect tobacco pricing. The map covers laws effective as of Sept. 1, 2019, and identifies: The type and amount of cigarette taxes The allocation of cigarette tax revenue Tobacco products that are taxed, including e-cigarettes Preemption of taxation Minimum-price policies Below-cost and [...]

Philadelphia and Massachusetts ban flavored tobacco, vaping products

Woman using an electronic cigarette

On Dec. 18, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney signed three bills into law to restrict the sale of vaping and tobacco products. The bills restrict the sale of vaping products to adults-only stores that require customers to be at least 18, restrict the sale of flavored cigarillos, and ban vaping on city property. The city plans [...]

Mind the gap: CA tax increase not passed along equally

Newport cigarette pack and two cigarettes

A study co-authored by ASPiRE researcher Lisa Henriksen found that California’s $2 tobacco tax increase resulted in larger than $2 price increases, with more over-shifting on premium than discount cigarettes. For Newport (menthol), however, significantly less tax was passed on to smokers at convenience stores in neighborhoods with higher proportions of African-American residents. The study, published [...]

Tobacco-free pharmacies may encourage smokers to quit

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A new paper co-authored by our ASPiRE CAB Chair, Maggie Mahoney, reported findings from research in the wake of the CVS drug store chain’s decision to stop selling tobacco products in 2014. The study found that quit attempts increased in areas with a high density of CVS locations. The study was published Nov. 21 in [...]

Using a computational model to explore tobacco retail policies: Tobacco Town

Using a computational model to explore tobacco retail policies: Tobacco Town

A new study with ASPiRE authors Ross Hammond, Todd Combs, and Douglas Luke, published Dec. 20 in Health and Place, suggests that agent-based modeling may be an effective way to test the impact of retail-based tobacco control strategies. The paper concludes that context matters: limiting access to tobacco through retailer density reduction has varying results [...]