Happy New Year from CounterTobacco.org! We like to start the new year with an update on point-of-sale trends to watch for throughout the year. This year, POS tobacco control advocates should be looking out for news and progress regarding:
Story from the Field Retailer Licensing in Edgewater, Colorado
In November 2016, the city of Edgewater, Colorado voted unanimously to pass a tobacco retailer licensing law. It is the 7th community to pass a licensing ordinance in the state but the first to include licensing for cigarette sales. In addition, the ordinance prohibits self-service displays for all tobacco products and tobacco product paraphernalia, including electronic smoking devices (ESDs), establishes a standard penalty system for violations, and more. We talked with Tracy Doyle, Policy Specialist with the Tobacco Prevention Initiative at Jefferson County Public Health, who worked on the ordinance, to get the scoop on why Edgewater was the first in the state to include licensing for cigarette sales, what the goal of the ordinance was, who was involved in its passage, how they made the case for the policy, and what’s next. Read More.
Oh Snap! Countering Tobacco Industry Opposition to Local Tobacco Controls
Public Health and Tobacco Policy Center
In November 2016, Public Health and Tobacco Policy Center released a draft of counterarguments to claims presented by NATO in their online slide presentation “The Cause and Effect of Local Tobacco Ordinances” and related fact sheets. The document, "Oh Snap! Countering Tobacco Industry Opposition to Local Tobacco Controls", provides counterarguments for a number of topics, including impacts of local ordinances and the ineffectiveness of the tobacco industry's proposed "solutions" to the negative public health impacts of tobacco. Read More.
Policy News and Research
CounterTobacco.org's latest "News and Research Roundup,"a monthly summary of the latest POS research, reports, and policy news is out. Highlights:
Policy News: New Retailer Restrictions for Residential Zones in Buffalo, NY
On December 27, Buffalo, NY implemented a new zoning code referred to as the #GreenCode. City planners adjusted zones and regulations through out the city, including a restriction of new retailers selling tobacco, alcohol, vaping, or hookah products in residential zones, and it also limits exterior signage on stores. This improves walkability & livability for the residents of Buffalo's residential-zoned neighborhoods while also working in the interest of public health. Read More.
A survey of smokers in Omaha, Nebraska found that individuals who had a lower income or who were Hispanic or Non-Hispanic Black were more likely to be exposed to a high level of point-of-sale cigarette marketing compared to those who were Non-Hispanic White and had a higher income.
There is a widening gap in all-cause age-adjusted death rates between urban and rural areas, with age-adjusted deaths from the five leading causes (heart disease, cancer, unintentional injury, chronic lower respiratory disease, and stroke) higher in rural areas than in urban areas. Tobacco use contributes to four out of these top five causes. The researchers suggest that in addition to improving access to healthcare, needs-based rather than population-based distribution of funding with an increased emphasis on the epidemiological burden of disease might help reduce this disparity.
FDA - Battery Safety Concerns in Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) Public Workshop - April 2017
FDA/CTP is hosting a science-based public workshop to gather information and stimulate discussion on batteries used in electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), including electronic cigarettes. In particular, CTP seeks to gather information about battery safety concerns (e.g., overheating, fire, explosion, other modes of failure), risk mitigation, and design parameters related to ENDS. Additionally, information related to the communication from tobacco product manufacturers or importers to distributors, wholesalers, retailers, consumers, and the general public on battery-related safety concerns with the use of ENDS products will also be collected. Learn More.
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