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Investigating the first retail market for VLN cigarettes

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Last year, the FDA authorized the sale of the first low-nicotine cigarettes as modified-risk tobacco products, and a survey of the first retail test market in Chicago was recently published by ASPiRE’s Lisa Henriksen and co-authors. Researchers called all 133 Chicago-area Circle K stores and later visited those stores to asses VLN product placement, advertising, [...]

Report details impact of Tobacco 21 in Cincinnati

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An evaluation team led by ASPiRE’s Todd Combs and Veronica Chaitan, in collaboration with Interact for Health of Ohio, recently released a report of the team’s findings from a study of the successful efforts to pass, implement, and enforce Tobacco 21 in local communities. The report found that retailer support for Tobacco 21 increased during the [...]

Survey finds most U.S. adults support prohibiting tobacco sales

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A CDC study co-authored by ASPiRE’s Maggie Mahoney found that nearly two-thirds of adults support prohibiting menthol cigarette sales, while more than half support prohibiting all sales of tobacco products. The findings were based on a web panel survey of 6,455 U.S. adults age 18 or older. No significant racial and ethnic group differences were [...]

Law center releases guide to retailer compliance checks

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ASPiRE partner, the Public Health Law Center, released a “best practices” summary for inspections of tobacco retailers to ensure compliance with laws that restrict the minimum legal sales age or sales restrictions on flavored tobacco. Topics include the frequency of checks, responses to violations, and focusing on “high risk” retailers, such as those with previous [...]

Study examines effects of licensing ordinances

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A paper by Bukola Usidame, a new ASPiRE team member from Purdue University, and coauthor Lisa Henriksen looked at the association between local tobacco retail licensing ordinances and adult cigarette use in California. They found limited evidence that stronger licensing laws were associated with lower odds of smoking cigarettes. The authors said future studies should [...]

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