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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 [...]

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 [...]