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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 2020-2021 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. [...]

Licensing reduces retail density in Philadelphia

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Three years after retailer licensing regulations were implemented in Philadelphia, tobacco retailer density declined by more than 20%, according to a new paper co-authored by ASPiRE CAB member Ryan Coffman of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. The study, published in the American Journal of Public Health, concluded that licensing can reduce tobacco marketing, lessen disparities in retail [...]

Retail density associated with smoking prevalence in metro areas

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A group of ASPiRE researchers, led by Shelley Golden, co-PI of ASPiRE’s Density & Disease project, have a new study out in Preventive Medicine Reports showing an association between tobacco retailer density and adult smoking prevalence in metropolitan counties. The authors suggest that jurisdictions interested in new ways to reduce smoking and smoking disparities consider strategies to reduce [...]

States led the way on T21

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By the time Congress enacted a federal T21 law on December 20, a total of 19 states, the District of Columbia, and two U.S. territories had enacted T21 laws, including 13 in 2019, according to a recent CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, co-authored by ASPiRE CAB Chair Maggie Mahoney. Several state and territorial T21 [...]

Pilot research grants take off

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We’re excited to announce our award of two pilot grants: Youth Perceptions and Counter-Messages to the E-Cigarette Retail Environment. A team at Stanford, led by Shivani Mathur Gaiha and Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, will investigate how youth and young adults perceive the e-cigarette retail environment and what factors increase the likelihood that youth will use e-cigarettes. Effects [...]

Preemptive strikes


As of June 30, 2019, 32 states have enacted at least one type of preemptive tobacco law related to smoke-free indoor air, local tobacco retail licensing, and/or youth access, according to a new study co-authored by ASPiRE CAB chair Maggie Mahoney. The study, published in Public Health Management & Practice, includes case studies of preemption [...]

Mind the gap: CA tax increase not passed along equally

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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 [...]